Interface Demography, founded by Ron Lesthaeghe in 1977, continues to develop its long tradition of expertise in demography-oriented data analysis. Embedded in sociological and demographic theory, Interface Demography conducts research on population issues with a focus on Belgium and Europe. At Interface Demography, data are collected and analysed as part of different demographic and socio-economic surveys in Belgium and Europe. Using state-of-the-art methods, a wide range of topics are addressed. Research findings are regularly published in scientific journals and other outlets as well as presented at (international) conferences.
The five main research topics are:
The group is, furthermore, strongly linked to the European Association for Population Studies (EAPS) and other national and international professional associations in the field of population studies. Interface Demography is one of the partners in the European Population Partnership bringing together the major demographic institutes in Europe. Being part of the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences, Interface Demography takes it responsibility in training the next generation by teaching a range of courses at the Bachelor and Master level.
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Hannelore De Grande, Hadewijch Vandenheede & Patrick Deboosere (2014), Trends in young-adult mortality between the 1990s and the 2000s in urban and non-urban areas in Belgium: The role of a changing educational composition in overall mortality decline, Health & Place, DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2014.08.003
Hadewijch Vandenheede (2014), Commentary: Trends in inequalities in premature mortality: a study of 3.2 million deaths in 13 European countries, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, DOI:10.1136/jech-2014-204450
Patrick Deboosere (2014), Brussel, stad van de toekomst, Plenaire feestzitting naar aanleiding van 25 jaar VGC, 3 april 2014, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Parlement.
Maaike Jappens & Jan Van Bavel (2013), Grootouders in woelige tijden: nieuwe gezinssamenstellingen, verblijfsregelingen en contacten tussen grootouders en kleinkinderen na een echtscheiding, in Martine Corijn & Christine Van Peer (eds.), Gezinstransities in Vlaanderen. Brussel: Vlaamse Overheid, pp. 331-351