Addressing the methodological and topical challenges facing demographers working in remote regions, this book compares and contrasts the research, methods and models, and policy applications from peripheral regions in developed nations. With the emphasis on human populations as dynamic, adaptive, evolving systems, it explores how populations respond in different ways to changing environmental, cultural and economic conditions and how effectively they manage these change processes. Theoretical understandings and policy issues arising from demographic modelling are tackled including: competition for skilled workers; urbanisation and ruralisation; population ageing; the impacts of climate change; the life outcomes of Indigenous peoples; globalisation and international migration. Based on a strong theoretical framework around issues of heterogeneity, generational change, temporariness and the relative strength of internal and external ties, Demography at the Edge provides a common set of approaches and issues that benefit both researchers and practitioners.
Associate Professor Dean Carson is the Head of Population Studies at The Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University in Australia's Northern Territory; Associate Professor Rasmus Ole Rasmussen is attached to the Department of Geography and International Studies at the University of Roskilde in Denmark and works as a Senior Research Fellow with the Nordic Centre for Spatial Development (NORDREGIO) in Sweden; Dr Prescott Ensign is an assistant professor with the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa in Canada; Lee Huskey is the Professor of Economics at the University of Alaska Anchorage and Andrew Taylor is a Population Researcher with The Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University, Australia
'Overall, the editors and other contributors to Demography at the Edge provide an accessible and informative introduction to the social demography of remote areas in developed countries. By reviewing a broad set of methodological and substantive topics, and complementing them with numerous case studies, they give readers a necessary baseline of knowledge about remote area demography. Their book contains important lessons for academics, policymakers, and local stakeholders...' Journal of Regional Science