The relevance of Applied Population Geography Research 19-22 September 2023

A symposium co-hosted by the Applied Geography Commission and the Commission on Population Geography of the International Geographical Union (IGU) and the Department of Geography, University of the Aegean.

Hosted at the University of the Aegean, Lesvos, Greece, 19 – 22 September 2023
Abstract submission deadline extended to: 31st March 2023

Population studies research encapsulates a wide range of topics and issues, from the study of demographic components (migration, births/fertility, deaths/mortality) through different population-related behaviors and interactions. Much of this research is inherently applied: for example, where the findings have important policy relevance or seek to offer solutions to grand societal problems and the contemporary perma-crisis, such as climate change/emergency migration, relocations, and exclusions tied to the cost-of-living challenges and the restructuring of the global economy, displaced populations seeking asylum or refuge. However, there is also space for more theoretical or conceptual contributions that explain these enduring or unfolding population processes and patterns, as well as contributions that make incremental contributions to the understanding, developing existing techniques and methods, and identifying and utilizing novel datasets. This meeting brings together researchers from across the broad domains of population studies, population geography, and applied geography to debate the relevance of applied population studies research: how much a difference does population research really make in driving change and enhancing broader knowledge(s)?

The call for papers is open to anyone with an interest in applied population geography. The organizing committee will select six to eight abstracts for inclusion in a potential special issue of Population, Space and Place which deal with the symposium’s theme of The relevance of Applied Population Geography Research. Please specify within your submission if you would like your paper to be considered for the special issue on this particular topic area.

Expressions of interest or Abstracts should be sent to

The extended deadline for Abstracts is the 31st of March 2023.

For more information, please contact the symposium secretariat (email:

Fees (Early bird deadline: 31st May 2023):

  • Early bird regular 250€; Late regular 300€
  • Student early 150€; Student late 200€

Keynote Speakers:

Nik Lomax (, Chair of the Applied Geography Commission of IGU,
Darren Smith (, Chair of the Population Commission of the IGU.
Thanasis Kizos (, Chair of the Department of Geography, University of the Aegean

Local Organising Committee:

Thanasis Kizos,(Chair) University of the Aegean
Efi Chatzi, University of the Aegean 

Scientific Committee: 

Nik Lomax (University of Leeds)
Dimitris Ballas (University of Groningen) 
Thanasis Kizos (University of the Aegean)
Darren Smith (University of Loughborough)