International Geographical Union (IGU)
Commission on Population Geography

The Commission has more than 250 members from 45 countries and aims to promote research and teaching on population geography and geographical population studies around the globe. Come and join us!

Who we are

The Comission on Population Geography has a Steering Committee consistsing of a Chair, a Vice-Chair, a Secretary, and 10 more members who meet regularly at the IGU's international/regional conferences.


Etienne Piguet, Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland. email:


Jianfa Shen, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR. email:


Nikola Sander, University of Groningen, The Netherlands. email:


Samuel Agyei-Mensah, University of Ghana, Ghana. email:

Martin Bell, University of Queensland, Australia. email:

Rainer Wehrhahn, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany. email:

Patrick Sakdapolrak, University of Vienna, Austria. email:

Elli Heikkila, Institute of Migration (Turku), Finland. email:

Gunnar Malmberg, University of Umeå, Sweden. email:

Satoshi Nakagawa, Kobe University, Japan. email:

Bruce Newbold, McMaster University, USA. email:

Alina Potrykowska, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland. email:

Darren Smith, University of Loughborough, UK. email:

Suzanne Withers, University of Washington, USA. email:

Brenda Yeoh Saw Ai, National University of Singapore, Singapore. email: -

Past events

August 2015: the International Geographical Union Regional Conference took place in Moscow, Russia.

June 2015: the International Conference on Population Geographies took place in Brisbane, Australia.

August 2014: the International Geographical Union Regional Conference took place in Kracow, Poland

Upcoming events

The 33rd International Geographical Congress will take place in Beijing, China in August 2016.


Send an email to to become a Corresponding Member of the Commission and to receive our email newsletter.

Past newsletters:

Newsletter 1/2016

Newsletter 1/2015

Newsletter 2/2013

Newsletter 1/2013


Email the Commission's Secretary at if you want to become a Corresponding Member and to receive our email newsletter.

  • IGU Commission on Population Geography
    Chair: Etienne Piguet