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Demography and urbanisation

This research topic covers areas such as

  • implications of the evolution of demographic composition such as aging society, decreasing fertility, increasing poverty, different social and religious composition of the population and changes in foreign-born population
  • increased urbanisation or reversal of the trend towards urban areas and implications for economic and social development
  • resilience and sustainability of cities and human settlements
  • different scenarios of urbanisation and the impact on EU objectives (climate, energy, social and economic)

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Scientific tools

EU Atlas of Demography

Explore demographic data, population projections and thematic demographic analyses at EU, national, regional and local level.

Urban Data Platform

The Urban Data Platform is a joint initiative of the DG JRC and DG Regional and Urban Policy. It provides an access point to exchange information on...

Activities on this topic

Studying how issues of demography have an impact on EU societies, also at the global level.

JRC research focuses on the role of agriculture as provider of public goods, on the impacts of rural development policies on all the aspects of rural...