The UAB hosts the European Doctoral School of Demography
The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the Centre for Demographic Studies will be home to the European Doctoral School of Demography (EDSD): 16 students from 14 different nationalities began classes on Monday 4 November and will studying at the UAB until June. They will attend lectures with renowned professors in Demography from universities and research centres from across Europe, such as the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR), the Institut National d’Études Démographiques (INED), the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI), the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the Vienna Institute of Demography (VID).
"The UAB will be the world's Mecca of Demographic Studies this year" says Albert Esteve, Director of the Centre for Demographic Studies (CED) located at the Bellaterra campus.
The EDSD was created in 2005 inspired in the main demography centres of Europe to offer top level training to PhD students interested in specialising in population studies. The CED is an accredited member of the European Association for Population Studies (EAPS).
Every year, the EDSD attracts dozens of applications from around the world. Students are chosen with competitive criteria and receive grants from participating organisations. The school is collegially structured in terms of functioning and funding.
Member institutes are in charge of paying for professors and providing students with grants. The school changes location every two years and the courses are updated annually. Students receive advanced training in formal demography (methods and techniques) and social demography (causes and effects of demographic change).
Participating in the school is CED Director Albert Esteve; EDSD Dean Mariona Lozano; Elisenda Rentería, EDSD Students Dean; Socorro Sancho, Head of Academic and Training Programmes; and Xavi Ruiz, Head of Information Technology at EDSD. Among the students enrolled in the programme are Miguel González Leonardo, PhD student in Demography, UAB, and Momoko Nishikido, master's degree graduate in Economic Demography, Lund University, Sweden, both highly valued by the selection committee of the EDSD and who will be conducting their research under the CED framework.
Since its creation, over 200 students have enrolled in this worldwide leading institution on demographic studies.