Conference to Consider How Changing Demographics Affect Public Policy

Researchers Intend to Establish a Global Network to Address the Issue

Scholars, educators and policymakers from around the world will gather in Houston next month to share their research and discuss how changing demographics globally will affect public policy in fields ranging from education to infrastructure.

The 2017 Population and Public Policy Conference is sponsored by the University of Houston’s Hobby School of Public Affairs, along with the University of New Mexico’s Center for Geospacial and Population Studies and the International Applied Demography Association.

Nazrul Hoque, a senior researcher at the Hobby School, said he expects demographers, researchers and people involved in decision-making for public policies to attend, with interest from across the United States, as well as China, India and Africa.

Ultimately, Hoque said, conference organizers hope to establish a global network to address the impact of population changes on public policy.

Speakers include Steve Murdock, former director of the U.S. Census Bureau and director of the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas at Rice University; Stephen Klineberg, director of the Kinder Institute of Urban Research at Rice, and Lewis E. Foxhall, vice president for health policy at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.


WHAT:                                    2017 Population and Public Policy Conference, sponsored by the UH Hobby School

                                                  of Public Affairs, the University of New Mexico Center for Geospatial and  

                                                  Population Studies and the International Applied Demography Association.

WHEN:                                    Jan. 6-8, 2017 

 WHERE:                                 JW Marriott Downtown Houston, 806 Main Street.



MEDIA CONTACT:              Jeannie Kever, 713-743-0778, 




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