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Demography at the University of Groningen - more than 30 years

The Population Research Centre (PRC) in the Faculty of Spatial Sciences at the University of Groningen is an internationally oriented demographic research and training institute. The PRC founder Professor F.J. Willekens aimed to continue and expand on the work of Professor F.H.A.G. Zwart who, in 1970,  introduced the education of demography of developing countries to the University of Groningen. In later years, this educational focus was extended with the education of the demography of Europe. To date, an international orientation is the dominant characteristic of the PRC. Research is conducted at the international level and PhD researchers and Master's students come to the PRC from all over the world.

The University of Groningen  is the only university in the Netherlands where students can obtain a Master's in Population Studies.

The PRC research focuses on seven themes: Healthy Ageing in Society, Families, Households and Residence , Population, Mortality and Health, Global Migration, Culture and Place, Culture and Health, Nutrition and Health, Population Change and Population Decline

In November 2006 we celebrated the 15th anniversary of PRC with a symposium. On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the internationally oriented Master Population Studies in June 2010 a symposium on European Masters in Demography / Population Studies was organized.

Per 1 September 2011 Professor Clara Mulder is the head of the PRC.

Last modified:05 April 2019 1.27 p.m.