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IUSSP Bulletin 
 Issue 48, June 2020

In this issueIUSSP, population science and COVID-19 ● First entirely virtual Council meeting ● IPC2021 Call for Papers with new COVID focus ● IUSSP Webinar Series ● Web page for demographers’ contributions to the understanding of COVID-19 ● Gordon de Jong 2020 Laureate Ceremony ● Call for 2021 IUSSP Laureate ● Urban Family Planning ● Research and programs on couples & RH ● IUSSP ‘CRVS’ Panel meetings ● PERN cyberseminar ● Online training on spatial data integration for demographic research ● News from the members ● Regional population associations ● Other announcements ● N-IUSSP ● Calls for papers ● Training opportunities ● Job opportunities ● Calendar

IUSSP, population science and COVID-19

As we prepare this bulletin, the COVID-19 pandemic continues its spread. We hope you, your families, and colleagues are keeping well and doing your part to “flatten the curve”. While working virtually, the IUSSP has been active… (Read more)

IUSSP Council meeting

Virtual Council meetings & prospects for 2020-2021

The IUSSP Council held its first entirely web-based annual council meeting on 14, 15, 17 April and 4 May. The council focused on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on IUSSP activities including IPC2021.

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International Population Conference 

IPC2021 Call for Papers with new COVID focus

The deadline to submit an abstract for IPC 2021 has now been extended to 15 February 2021 and will include COVID-19 as a cross-cutting theme.

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IUSSP Webinar Series

Positioning population studies to understand the impacts of COVID-19

The IUSSP kicked off its IUSSP Webinars Series on 20 May with a webinar on “Positioning population studies to understand the short and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic", with Alberto Palloni, Sonalde Desai, Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue and Zeba Sathar. Several webinars are already scheduled for next month.

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COVID-19 activities

IUSSP web page devoted t0 demographers’ contributions to the understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic

All members working on the impacts of COVID-19 are invited to send us relevant publications or citations of your work in the news. 

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IUSSP Laureate

Gordon de Jong 2020 Laureate ceremony

The IUSSP 2020 Laureate ceremony in honour of Gordon De Jong took place online. Over 100 members and colleagues from all over the world attended. The award recognizes Gordon’s groundbreaking work on migration and his service to the training of demographers worldwide.

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Call for 2021 IUSSP Laureate

Would you like one of your colleagues to be honoured for their decisive contribution to the advancement of demography and population research? Do not hesitate to round up support and propose a nomination for the 2021 IUSSP Laureate award.

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Urban Family Planning

Urban Family Planning workshop

The African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC) organized four Zoom webinars on 27 May and 16, 17 & 18 June to provide training on policy engagement and communications for the 16 IUSSP Urban Family Planning fellows.

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Seminars and workshops

Research and programs on couples & RH

The IUSSP Panel on Couples’ Reproductive Health and Fertility organized this online working session on 5 May 2020. It included five presentations covering work in North America, India, and Africa with the aim of exchanging ideas and providing feedback on ongoing research. The session was attended by 42 participants.

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IUSSP ‘CRVS’ Panel online meetings

The IUSSP Scientific Panel on Population Perspectives and Demographic Methods to Strengthen CRVS Systems held a 4-part online workshop on 23-26 April 2020 to review draft manuscripts of the eight IUSSP CRVS Fellows. On 10 June 2020 the Panel held a technical panel discussion on “Legal identity, ethics, and rights”.

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Population-Environment activities

PERN cyberseminar

The Population-Environment Research Network (PERN) held a cyberseminar on Population, Climate Change and Food Security from 18 to 25 May 2020. A webinar to introduce the topic to PERN cyberseminar participants took place on 18 May 2020. Watch the webinar, read the 7 background papers and view the cyberseminar postings

Spatial data integration for demographic research

Online training materials and tutorials developed by Landy Sanchez (CEDUA-COLMEX) and Susana Adamo (CIESIN-Columbia University) are now available in English and Spanish. The materials cover basic techniques to link demographic and environmental data.

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News from the members

New IUSSP members

Eleven new members and 18 new Student Associates joined the IUSSP between 1 March 2020 and 1 June 2020.

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Regional population associations

EPC 2020 webinar series – 24 to 26 June

The European Association for Population Studies (EAPS) is happy to announce a series of EPC 2020 webinars. They will showcase research that was to be presented at the cancelled European Population Conference. The EAPS Council is also exploring options for a small scale, possibly hybrid conference for early career scholars in the Spring of 2021.

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PAA activities

The 2020 Annual Meeting of the Population Association of American (PAA) was transformed into a series of virtual meetings. After some hesitation, the 2021 annual meeting is being planned as in-person event in St. Louis, Missouri, 5-8 May 2021. Read more on these and other initiatives including the COVID-19 webinars and the PAA/APC statement on Black Lives Matters.

Asian families amid the COVID-19 pandemic

The Asian Population Association (APA), in collaboration with the National University of Singapore Centre for Family and Population Research, will host two webinars, on 9 and 23 July 2020 at 4.00 pm - 5.30 pm SGT (08:00-9:30 UCT) to explore the impact of COVID-19 on families in East, Southeast, and South Asia. 


2020 ALAP virtual conference

The Latin American Population Association (ALAP), which was scheduled to take place from 3 to 6 November 2020 in Valparaiso, Chile, has been be transformed into a virtual conference on 9-11 December 2020. Additional information is provided on the ALAP websiteRead the call for papers (in Spanish and Portuguese). Deadline for abstracts: 4 September 2020.

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Other announcements

17th IASSH conference

Nearly 200 social scientists attended the 17th Annual Conference of the Indian Association for Social Sciences and Health (IASSH) held at IIT Mandi, India, 8-10 December 2019. The Fourth Prof. John Caldwell Memorial Lecture was delivered by distinguished Sociologist Prof. N. Jayaram on the theme "Social Construction of Health and Illness: A Phenomenological Perspective".

(Read the IASSH conference report)

China Population and Development Studies

China Population and Development Studies (CPDS) is a quarterly English academic journal that focuses on China’s population and development. It is hosted by the China Population and Development Research Center (CPDRC) and the China Population Association (CPA). CPDS encourages IUSSP members to contribute papers to the journal.

Read more on the main contents of CPDS and the links to articles published in 2019

Population Journal Young Author's Prize

Population is a quarterly scientific journal published in English (Population-E) and in French (Population-F) by INED. The Population Young Author Prize 2021 is open to PhD students and young researchers working in the field of population studies and will be awarded to the most outstanding original paper submitted to the competition jury. Deadline for submission: 5 November 2020.

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Recent articles

  • The child health benefits of parents’ education in diverse African families, Emily Smith-Greenaway
  • The gender-cliff: Why women tend to earn less than their male partners, André Grow, Jan Van Bavel
  • Fertility inequality can slow down global poverty reduction in developing countries, Frank-Borge Wietzke
  • On the (changing) relationship between life expectancy and lifespan inequality, José Manuel Aburto, Ginevra Floridi, Ella Fegitz
  • How cash support and tax relief may matter for third births in Hungary, Zsolt Spéder, Lívia Murinkó, Livia SZ. Oláh
  • Migrants’ fertility in Italy: a comparison between origin and destination, Roberto Impicciatore, Giuseppe Gabrielli, Anna Paterno
  • Do childhood migration experiences affect migration behaviour in adulthood? Aude Bernard, Sergi Vidal
  • Gender-asymmetric time allocation and divorce. A US-West Germany comparison, Daniela Bellani, Gøsta Esping-Andersen
  • Two centuries of change in the spatial inequality of mortality in France, Florian Bonnet, Hippolyte d’Albis
  • Markedly lower child mortality in Malawi and Uganda with more educated mothers, Liliana Andriano, Christiaan Monden
  • Family planning and child health care: the Peruvian case, 1996-2000, Marianna Battaglia, Nina Pallarés

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Calls for papers

  • London Environment x Women's Health Workshop, 4 September 2020, London School of Economics & Political Science, (LSE), United Kingdom. Deadline for submissions: 15 July 2020
  • Demographic Aspects of the COVID-19 Pandemic and its Consequences, Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital . 30 November - 1 December 2020, Vienna, Austria. Deadline for submissions: 31 July 2020
  • Demographic Change along the Rural-Urban Gradient, Deadline for submissions: 1 September 2020
  • GENUS Thematic Series on The Demography of COVID-19. Deadline for submissions: 30 September 2020
  • Journal of Demography Africa (JDA). Call for papers: Education-Health-Gender Equality-Economic Development-Population, Deadline for submissons: 30 November 2020

Job opportunities


  • National University of Singapore. Research Assistant for the Research Project on Lifelong Education for Aging Productively (LEAP) - Deadline for Applications: 31 Aug 2020
  • National University of Singapore. Research Associate for the Research Project on Lifelong Education for Aging Productively (LEAP) - Deadline for Applications: 31 Aug 2020
  • National University of Singapore. Research Associate for the Research Project on Childless Aging in Singapore and Thailand (CAST) - Deadline for Applications: 31 Aug 2020

Doctoral / Post-Doctoral Positions

  • IIPS, Mumbai. Research Grants for Field Survey in Ageing - Deadline for applications: 30 June 2020
  • St Andrews–Max Planck PhD Studentship in Population Health - Deadline for applications: 30 June 2020
  • Post-Doctoral position at the National University of Singapore for a Research Project on the Southeast Asian Family Dynamic Study - Deadline for applications: 30 June 2020
  • IDRC Research Awards 2021. Six positions at IDRC's head office in Ottawa, Canada, - Deadline for Applications: 16 Sep 2020
  • Call for Doctoral Candidates, Inequalities, Interventions and New Welfare State (DPInvest) at University of Turku, Finland Deadline for applications: 18 September 2020
  • National University of Singapore. Postdoctoral Fellow for the research project on Southeast Asian Family Dynamic Study - Deadline for applications: 30 September 2020
  • Postdoctoral position in the computational modeling of COVID-19. INSERM, France - Deadline for applications: 31 December 2020

Training Courses or Workshops

  • London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). 50th cohort of students MSc Demography and Health - deadline for applications: 31 Dec 2020


Forthcoming IUSSP meetings & other events

  • 2nd IUSSP Population, Poverty and Inequality Research Conference, Paris, France, 22-24 June 2020 (postponed)
  • 2020 EPC Webinar Series, 24-26 June 2020
  • ISC Webinar: Accounting for Everyone: Using Gridded Population Data For Sustainable Development, 24 June 2020
  • IASS Webinar: "Sample surveys on COVID-19 pandemia around the world”, 24 June 2020
  • GPSDD-PEPFAR Webinar: Joining Up Health Data: A Case Study of The DREAMS Project in Kenya, Uganda, and Zimbabwe, 26 June 2020
  • EU-AFD webinar: “Exploring the dynamics of micro- level consumption inequality in Ghana”, 29 June 2020
  • IUSSP Webinar: Digital and Computational approaches to study determinants and consequences of the spread of covid-19, 8 July 2020
  • APA & NUS webinar: Asian Families Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic (1), 9 July 2020
  • PAA webinar: Insights on COVID-19 Impacts: International Comparisons and Possibilities, 15 July 2020
  • APA & NUS webinar: Asian Families Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic (2), 23 July 2020
  • IUSSP Seminar on Demographic Processes and Socioeconomic Reproduction in the Long Run, Paris, France, 27-28 August 2020 (postponed)
  • EAPS Health Morbidity and Mortality Workshop, Evora, Portugal, 21-23 September 2020
  • IUSSP Seminar on Family Behaviour in East Asia and Southern Europe, Beijing, China, 23-24 October 2020 (postponed)
  • IUSSP Seminar on Unintended pregnancy and key outcomes—abortion and unplanned births, New Delhi, India, 27-29 October 2020 (postponed)
  • 5th Asian Population Association Conference, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (postponed to 2021)
  • Wittgenstein Centre Conference 2020 on the Demographic Aspects of the COVID-19 Pandemic and its Consequences, Vienna, Austria, 30 November-1 December 2020
  • 2020 ALAP Virtual Conference, 9-11 December 2020
  • Sixth International Conference on Family Planning, Pattaya City, Thailand, 8-11 November 2021
  • 2021 International Population Conference (IPC2021), Hyderabad, India, 5-10 December 2021

Submit your announcements

Feel free to share news from your institution and region so that we can keep all IUSSP members informed about recent or forthcoming events and opportunities in the population field. IUSSP members are welcome to submit information on conferences, job openings, post-doctoral positions, and research grants for inclusion in the newsletter and IUSSP website. Please send the information to and remember to include important dates for application deadlines (and photos when appropriate). Information should be sent by email or in a Word document so that it can be edited. For inclusion in the next Bulletin, please send information by 1 September 2020. We look forward to hearing from you soon. 

IUSSP Bulletin / Bulletin de l’UIESP

Publication Director: Mary Ellen Zuppan, IUSSP Executive Director

ISSN: 2427–0059