Jana Vobecká

About Jana Vobecká

Dr. Jana Vobecká holds a PhD in Demography from the University of Burgundy in Dijon and Charles University in Prague. She is a Researcher in social demography at the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (Vienna Institute of Demography, Austrian Academy of Sciences). Her research focuses inter alia on spatial population dynamics and its effects on social inequalities, local governance, and historical demography. She has published in journals such as Population, Space and Place, Czech Sociological Review and Central European Journal of Public Policy. Her first book 'Demographic Avant-Garde, Jews in Bohemia between the Enlightenment and the Shoah' has been published in 2013.

Demographic Avant-Garde: Social Demography Meets Jewish History

Observing contemporary demography trends one might be forgiven for thinking that no previous times have been as radical and fast changing as ours. Demographers have noted with amazement the pace of Iran’s fertility decline in recent years, and we are witnessing unprecedented population ageing and are advised to prepare for radical changes in the welfare states of “old” Europe. When looking to a more distant European past we may find no less amazing societal and demographic changes.

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Policy Paradigm Shift: The Need to Consider Human Capital and not Just Population Growth in Evaluating Population Trends

The twentieth anniversary of the Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) is approaching. As a strategic meeting around world population issues is in preparation (ICPD beyond 2014), this is a good  time to review past achievements and define new challenges. The UNECE countries of Europe, Central Asia, and North America constitute a globally relevant laboratory in which much can be learned about population trends and the relationship between policies and outcomes that may subsequently play out in other parts of the globe.

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