Migration and Population Development

CCRD07 Elective 6 ECTS
Period 3 weeks 25.01.2021 - 12.02.2021
Instructor Dr. Timothy Heleniak


The course provides an overview of theories and research on migration and population development from the perspectives of economics, geography, and social sciences. Historic patterns of migration and population trends will be related to current developments.


On completion of the course, a student:

  • can examine systematically theories on migration and population development from the perspective of economics, geography and social sciences.
  • can relate historical migration and population trends to current developments.
  • has demonstrated ability in reading scientific papers and critically evaluating them.
  • has the ability to present and explain findings from scientific literature and discuss them with peers.
  • has demonstrated that they can apply their knowledge, understanding and proficiency in new and unfamiliar situations or in an interdisciplinary context.
  • has developed their critical thinking, written and verbal communication skills, through course assignments.


Timothy Heleniak is a Senior Research Fellow at Nordregio, the Nordic Centre for Spatial Development, an institution under the Nordic Council of Ministers. He has published extensively in the areas of migration, population change, and regional development in the Arctic, the Nordic countries, and Russia and the other states of the former Soviet Union.. He was previously the Editor of the journal Polar Geography and is Series Editor of the Routledge Research in Polar Regions. Prior to coming to work at Nordregio, he worked at George Washington University, the United Nations Childrens Fund, the World Bank, and the U.S. Census Bureau. He previously taught at Geogetown University in Washington, DC. He has a PhD in Geography and MBA in Finance from the University of Maryland (USA) and a BA in Sociology from Eastern Washington University (USA).