African demographic research: Progress and challenges

Chapter 4 in The Routledge Handbook of African Demography

This handbook provides an authoritative and comprehensive overview of African population dynamics, variations, causes and consequences, demonstrating the real-world applications of research in policies and programmes.

African demography has come of age. Over 50 years, the discipline has grown exponentially in the number of training and research institutions, specialist experts and academic output, all with an aim of addressing the enormous demographic challenges faced by the continent. The book draws on old and emerging analytical tools to explore the relationships between population dynamics and social, economic, cultural and political environments from African perspectives. Key topics include fertility, sexual behaviours, healthcare, ageing, mortality, migration, displacement, the causes and consequences of demographic changes and teaching and research developments in African demography.


Garenne M. (2022) African demographic research: Progress and challenges, Chap. 4 in Odimegwu C.O., Adewoyin Y. (eds) The Routledge Handbook of African Demography. Routledge, pp 52-63.

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