Comment by Danny Dorling on “Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline”

Comment by Danny Dorling on “Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline”

A provocative vision of the future in which the global population plummets, dramatically reshaping the social, political and economic landscape.

While depopulation may provide many benefits, such as higher wages for workers, improving the environment and more autonomy for women, there are (it is suggested) also disadvantages, such as worker shortages and ageing populations. This event will touched upon a wealth of research to illustrate the dramatic consequences of population decline, both good and bad, here are Danny’s brief comments:

The Keynote speaker was Darrell Bricker, Chief Executive of Ipsos Public Affairs & author of Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population


The Panelists were

Eric Kaufmann, Professor of Politics at Birkbeck, University of London & author of Whiteshift: Populism, Immigration and the Future of White Majorities

Danny Dorling, Geographer, University of Oxford

Robin Maynard, Director, Population Matters

Sarah Crofts, Head of Analysis for Ageing and Demography, Office for National Statistics

Kelly Beaver, Managing Director, Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute (chair)


The earlier book Danny was referring to, (Population 10 billion) which suggested a year 2100 population of 9 billion was more likely than 10 billion, can be found here:

And with Stuart Gietel-Basten his most recent book on demography is this one:

Why Demography Matters?

Why Demography Matters?