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Research Urban and Regional Studies Institute Population Research Centre


The PRC mission relates to research and training in population studies and demography .

Our research is organized in the PRC research programme ‘Population and well-being in context’, which forms part of the research programme of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences ‘towards Well-being, Innovation and Spatial Transformation (tWIST)’.

In research we are committed to:


  • Providing scientifically sound answers to research questions that matter
  • Using relevant theories and developing new theory
  • Making a well-informed choice of suitable data and methods and develop new methods if necessary; being open to both quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Publishing in peer-reviewed, high-standard, international scientific publication outlets
  • Improving our research skills; being critical to ourselves (and others); giving and seeking feedback


  • Making scientific progress in the disciplines of demography and population studies
  • Answering socially relevant questions


  • Presenting our research to the international scientific community
  • Engaging in debates and discussions and organizing these
  • Collaborating with colleagues, inviting them for research stays and visiting them
  • Sharing our findings with stakeholders, research participants and society at large

Our training is organized in the Master Population Studies and in the Bachelor programs and Graduate School of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences. We are committed to:

  • Linking our teaching to (our) research; creating an international research environment for students and stimulating a scientific attitude among them
  • Providing basic knowledge of demography to Bachelor students, explaining the relevance of population issues for society and trying to convey our enthusiasm towards population issues.
  • Equipping Master students with advanced knowledge of theories and methods and the required academic skills to become independent researchers in the field of Population Studies
  • Training PhD candidates to become a new generation of high-quality scientific researchers of population-related issues

Last modified:03 October 2013 4.28 p.m.