Calls for Papers


Call for Papers for Special Issue, Vulnerable populations: The role of population dynamics in climate change resilience and adaptation

Although the cause of the climate crisis is largely attributable to the accumulative emissions of the Global North, it is the poorest regions of the world that are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change and will disproportionately suffer adverse health effects due to extreme heat, growth of disease vectors, increasing water scarcity, soil erosion, crop failure, flooding of low-lying areas, etc (IPCC, 2014).

Projected population growth and vulnerability to the possible effects of climate change are generally positively correlated (Price, 2020). There is a broad consensus that high rates of population growth adversely affect development and welfare improvements, and can negatively impact the availability of natural resources (Das Gupta et al., 2011; Beegle and Christiaensen, 2019; Price, 2020). The precise relationships between high rates of population growth, low levels of economic development, climate vulnerability, resilience, and adaptation are complex and geographically uneven. However, in areas vulnerable to climate change, high rates of population growth have a negative impact on the community's resilience and adaptive capacity (Beegle and Christianensen 2019; Price 2020).

Importantly, climate-change related impacts exacerbate existing inequalities of power. Women and girls are frequently the most disadvantaged and least skilled members of a community and therefore disproportionately vulnerable. A lack of adaptive capacity in the face of climate change associated extreme weather events has the potential to disrupt sexual health and family planning services, amplifying the vulnerability of women to such events as well as increasing exposure to sexual and gender-based violence (Kwauk and Braba, 2017; Price, 2020; Logie, et al. 2021). Poor resilience and adaptive capacity can also lead to wider social conflict and climate induced migration with associated negative impacts on welfare (Kelley, 2016; Cattaneo et al. 2019).

The proposed special issue of The Journal of Population and Sustainability will focus on population growth as a factor in the resilience and adaptive capacity of communities in facing the impacts of climate change. We are interested in publishing papers examining both natural population growth and those considering local growth due to migration, including the effects of urbanisation upon the vulnerability of urban populations to climate change. In addition, papers considering the effects on resilience and adaptation resulting from migration from the Global South to the Global North are welcomed. Moreover, we are particularly interested in papers examining how climate change relates to the vulnerability of particular demographic groups, especially children and women in high fertility countries.

Abstracts for proposed papers should be submitted to the editor of the JP&S, David Samways, by email:

Deadine for submissions: 31st March 2022.

Posted 2022-01-10



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