The article presents the main topics and evolution of scholars' views on the impact of demographic phenomena and processes on broadly understood local development in Poland. The seventy-year post-war period (1946‑2016) was examined. First, three categories of demographic changes were identified and analysed: (1) demographic development and population concentration (2) depopulation processes and (3) population ageing. Next, the impact of these changes on socio-economic development, mainly on a local scale, was established. The following topics were taken into account: social insurance system, labour markets, consumer demand, demand for public services, impact of population change on local spatial development and planning,and local government public finance.
Przemysław Śleszyński [firstname.lastname@example.org], Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization Polish Academy of Sciences Twarda 51/55, 00-818 Warsaw: Poland
Rafał Wiśniewski [email@example.com], Instytut Geografii i Przestrzennego Zagospodarowania im. S. Leszczyckiego PAN
Barbara Szejgiec-Kolenda [firstname.lastname@example.org], Instytut Geografii i Przestrzennego Zagospodarowania im. S. Leszczyckiego PAN