Research Profile

Frank Swiaczny is Chief Population Trends and Analysis Branch (Assistant Director) at the UN DESA Population Division* in New York.
Before he was  senior research fellow at the Federal Institute for Population Research in Germany, where he served as the head of the research group Demographic Change and World Population till 2017. From 2005-2017 he was advisor with the German delegation to the UN Commission on Population and Development, from 2003-2017 managing editor of Comparative Population Studies and from 2000-2012 head of the research group Migration - Integration - Minorities of the German Demographic Society.
His research and consulting include population and social geography, demography, geographical methods, and Geographic Information Systems. Beside the analysis of global processes he is working on Europe, especially Germany and the Netherlands.



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New: Fact sheet Demography for Development Planing (D4DP) [English] [German] [French]

Selected Lectures 

  • » Columbia University, Institute for the Study of Human Rights, New York 7.11.2018: Guest lecture on "Research Methods in Human Rights"
  • » 8th United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) - Academic Network Forum, New York 30.7.2018: The SDGs Connectivity Dilemma: Urban Settlements, Resilience, and Sustainability. Presentation 
  • » International Sociological Association: Third ISA Forum of Sociology, Vienna 10.-14.7.2016:
    Demographic Change and Regional Population Dynamics in Germany – The Impact of Internal Migration on Regional Population Decline
  • » Association of American Geographers, San Francisco 29.3-2.4.2016: Re-urbanization under Conditions of Ageing and Shrinking – A Conceptual View on Spatial Population Dynamics in Germany
  • » European Consortium for Political Research - General Conference 2015, Montreal 26.-29.8.2015:
    Environmental Migration – A conceptual framework to Assess Needs and Responsibilities
  • » AAG Annual Meeting, Chicago 21.-25.4.2015:
    The Revival of the City and the Future of Spatial Disparities in Ageing and Shrinking in Germany
  • » International Geographical Union - Commission on Population Geography: 7th International Conference on Population Geographies, Groningen 25.-28.6.2013: 
    Population Change and Migration. Questions of Environmental Change, Sustainability and Migration
  • » Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Nairobi, Nairobi 31.05.2013: 
    Demographic Transition in Low Fertility Countries. Examples from Europe: Ageing and Shrinking in Germany

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Selected Publications

  • » Polens demografischer Wandel. In: Geographische Rundschau Vol. 70, 9/2018, pp 8-14. With St. Środa-Murawska and E. Grzelak-Kostulska.
  • » Atlas zur Weltbevölkerung 2017. Wiesbaden: BiB [link]
  • » Zuwanderung nach Deutschland – Dynamik oder Persistenz räumlicher Muster? In: Berichte. Geographie und Landeskunde Vol. 89, 1/2015, pp 33-50. With C. Schlömer [link]
  • » Auswirkungen des demografischen Wandels auf die regionale Bevölkerungsdynamik in Deutschland. In: Raumforschung und Raumordnung Vol. 73, 6/2015, 407-421
  • » Demographic and Health Development in the Long Run. In: Glatzer, W. et al. (ed.): Global Handbook of Well-Being and Quality of Life. Dordrecht 2015, pp 15-43
  • » How Much Influence Can We Have on Demographic Trends? In: Journal of Social Democracy, International Quarterly Edition, 1/2014, pp 27-30
  • » Demographic Change and Migration in Europe. focus Migration Policy Brief Vol. 24. Osnabrück/Bonn 2013
  • » Internationalsierung der Migration und demographischer Wandel. In: Köppen, B. et al. (ed.): Internationalisierung. Norderstedt 2012, pp 11-41. With N. Milewski
  • » Low fertility in Europe - Consequences of the Demographic Change as a Policy Issue. In: Cho, L.-J.; Kim, Y. (ed.): Low Fertility and Aging Populations in Northeast Asia. Seoul/Honolulu 2011, pp 105-120
  • » Zukunft der Weltbevölkerung. In: Husa, K./Parnreiter, Ch./Wohlschlägl, H. (ed.): Weltbevölkerung. Historische Sozialkunde - Internationale Entwicklung Vol. 30. Wien 2011, pp 39-60 
  • » Implications of Demographic Change for Civil Society in Germany. In: Journal of Population Research Vol. 27,3/2010, pp 193-211

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