Spatial and Environmental Demography Working Group


Spatial and environmental demography is one of CDE’s five primary research areas.

Environmental context, events, and change are of increasing concern to human populations and represent a growing, yet still poorly understood, source of inequality in health and well-being over the life course. Recent research shows that the reality of place—reflecting the natural and built environments, social context, and specific location within a spatial structure—affects a host of outcomes for individuals, including health, socioeconomic attainment and longevity. Place impacts broader demographic processes (i.e., fertility, migration, and mortality), which in turn, influence population size and composition.

For examples of recently funded projects in environmental and spatial demography led by CDE affiliates, please click here.

The CDE working group meets throughout the semester to discuss new and developing research in the rich area of spatial and environmental demography. If you would like to join, please fill out this form. If you have any questions, please contact Megan Bea or Malia Jones.

Working Group Leaders

Megan Bea

Position title: Assistant Professor, School of Human Ecology

Katherine J. Curtis

Position title: Professor, Community & Environmental Sociology

Malia Jones

Position title: Assistant Professor, Community and Environmental Sociology

2022-2023 Schedule

Friday, November 11, 12:00 – 1:10 pm              Meet & Greet Luncheon with MCRC Colloquium to follow

Sewell Social Science Building (SSB) Room 8411 only

For our first meeting of the year, Nov 11 from 12:00 – 1:10, we will provide lunch and use the time to get to know one another. For this meeting, we will not have a virtual option. Please RSVP by Nov 9th here. Following lunch, those who are interested will go over to Vilas Hall for a colloquium hosted by CDE faculty affiliate Sijia Yang in Mass Communications, featuring Dr. Ye Wang on causal inference with spatial and temporal spillover effects (see attached flyer).

Here’s the planned lineup for the remainder of the academic year.

December 9: 12:00 – 1:30 pm                 Sarah Bass   in SSB 8411 & virtual

January 13, 2023: 12:00 – 1:30              Alex Miklaus   in SSB 8411 & virtual

February 10, 2023: 12:00 – 1:30            Rachel Rosenfield         in SSB 8411 & virtual

March 10, 2023: 12:00 – 1:30                 Sara Ronnkvist           Meeting changed to ONLY  virtual

April 7, 2023: 12:00 – 1:30                      Tentative: Practice PAA session            Note this is a first Friday! We’ll be at PAA on the second Friday of April.

May 12, 2023: 12:00 – 1:30                      Hugh Roland, Recent CDE alum             Meeting is virtual