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IUSSP Bulletin 
 Issue 50, Dec 2020

In this issuePopPov2020 – IUSSP’s first virtual conference ● IPC2021 Updates ● IUSSP 2021 Elections ● Demography & the Data Revolution ● IUSSP at ALAP ● International Migration activities ● International Conference on Family and Fertility ● Family Demography and Family Law ● Contraceptive Transition Theories ● Interventions in RH involving men or couples ● IUSSP Webinar Series ● News from the members ● Obituaries  ● Regional population associations ● Other announcements ● N-IUSSP ● Calls for papers ● Training opportunities ● Job opportunities ● Calendar

Warmest wishes for the holidays and hope for a better New Year!

This year has been a challenge for all of us, with travel plans and in-person meetings cancelled and work for many of us moved online. The IUSSP converted many 2020 meetings into virtual events and created a new webinar series that is reaching a larger and more diverse audience than our in-person events achieved in the past. We hope that the holiday break will provide you time for relaxation and renewal, and perhaps to enjoy watching some of our recent webinars or conferences. We hope that all of you will also plan to join us in December 2021 for the International Population Conference.  As 2020 ends, the IUSSP Officers and Secretariat wish you and your family a safe and healthy holiday and brighter days for the New Year, with the hope that someday soon we can all put away our masks and again enjoy each other’s company in person.


IUSSP’s first virtual conference: PopPov2020

The IUSSP organized its first virtual conference on 8-10 December with the 2nd IUSSP Research Conference on Population, Poverty and Inequality (PopPov 2020). The conference included 3 live plenary sessions, 18 sessions featuring 59 pre-recorded paper presentations, and 3 poster sessions, 9 exhibitors... (Read more)

International Population Conference

IPC2021 - Updates

Planning for IPC 2021 is ramping up.  Read about plans for a virtual IPC, especially useful for those planning to submit to the Call for PapersDeadline is 15 May 2021.

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IUSSP Elections

Report from the Nomination Committee

The Committee on Nominations will meet virtually in early 2021 to prepare a slate of candidates for the 2021 IUSSP Election of the 2022-2025 IUSSP Council.

(Read more)

Demography & the Data Revolution

Between 2014 and 2020, IUSSP delivered a work programme furthering links between demography and data science. As project funding provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation for IUSSP Data Revolution activities winds down, IUSSP engaged the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) to qualitatively review the project to inform future strategy resulting in a report, a webinar and a Blog.

What have we learned? What role could IUSSP play?

To what degree did the project forge links between demography and data sciences and strengthen demographers’ capacity to conduct cutting-edge research on data for development. This report draws on evidence from 27 interviews with IUSSP members, demographers and data scientists, students and CSO representatives involved in data revolution activity.

(Read report)

Webinar: lessons learned and the way forward

This webinar brought together population scientists and those engaged in the data revolution to discuss the contributions of demographers and population scientists. Speakers include Ruth Levine, Sam Clark, Claire Melamed, Tom Moultrie, Vissého Adjiwanou, Emmanuel Letouzé, Tom LeGrand, Emma Samman and Louise Shaxson.

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Interrogating the power relationships that shape data for sustainable development

This blog published by ODI Insights (18 December 2020) features an interview by Louise Shaxson (ODI) with Vissého Adjiwanou (Université du Québec à Montréal) and Tom Moultrie (University of Cape Town) to discuss where the global data community stands on addressing the data divide 5 years after the creation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

(Read the interview in English, French or Spanish)

International Science Council – CODATA

CODATA announces a new program to automate data sharing across scientific domains. Read how IUSSP members can contribute or visit the CODATA website.



IUSSP Participation in the Latin American Population Association Conference

The IUSSP actively participated in the virtual IX Conference of the Latin American Population Association (ALAP) with a virtual exhibit and four sessions, 3 of which were organized by IUSSP including a round table on Rethinking training in demography for the 21st Century.

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IUSSP Panel Activities

International Migration Panel Activities

The Panel on International Migration pursued its activities to promote a World Migration Survey, holding a session at the Online African School on Migration Statistics and a round table at the ALAP conference. The Panel also organized a webinar on research priorities in international migration and the implications of the COVID pandemic.

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International Conference on Family and Fertility

The Panel on Family Behaviour in East Asia and Southern Europe organized a conference on Family and Fertility on 3-5 December 2020. The conference opened with a keynote speech by Professor Ron Lesthaeghe on regional and temporal variation in the prevalence and nature of non-marital cohabitation around the world. The videos of the sessions can be viewed online.

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International Seminar on Family Demography and Family Law all around the Clock

The Panel on Family Demography and Family Law replaced its original plan for a two-day in-person seminar in Montreal with a series of virtual sessions spread out across the time zones and held between 28 October and 16 December 2020. The videos of the sessions can be viewed online.

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Contraceptive Transition Theories

The Panel on Contraceptive Transition Theories held 3 virtual expert group meetings on 16, 23, and 30 October 2020, as a first step toward achieving its ultimate goal, which is to try to produce a relatively unified explanatory framework on contraceptive uptake.

(Read more)

Interventions in RH involving men or couples

The Panel on Couples' Reproductive Health and Fertility organized a virtual meeting on 10 November 2020 on "Programmatic Interventions in Reproductive Health Involving Men or Couples", with presentations by Karen Hardee, Aishwarya Sahay, Anita Raj, Anne Laterra, Kexin Zhang and Ilene Speizer as discussant.

(Read more)

IUSSP Webinar Series

Demography and the Data Revolution

The IUSSP organized a webinar on 24 November 2020 on "Demography and the Data Revolution: lessons learned and the way forward", with speakers Vissého Adjiwanou, Sam Clark, Claire Melamed, Tom Moultrie, Emmanuel Letouzé and moderated by Louise Shaxson and Ruth Levine.

(Watch webinar)

Research priorities in international migration and implications of the COVID pandemic

The Panel on International Migration hosted a webinar on 5 November 2020 on "Priorities in research on international migration and mobilities: Implications of the COVID pandemic and its legacies." The WorldPop team's presentation on “Assessing the effects of travel and contact reductions to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic and resurgence” was followed by a lively discussion.

(Watch webinar)

Q&A session on innovative use of social media for remote sensing and SDG monitoring

The Panel on Digital Demography hosted a live Q&A webinar on 19 October 2020 for the session it organized on "Innovative use of Social Media for Remote Sensing and SDG Monitoring" as part of the UN World Data Forum.

(Watch webinar)

News from the members

Members' new publications

    • "Impact of alcohol on mortality in Eastern Europe: Trends and policy responses" in Drug & Alcohol Review, Special Section, Volume 39 Issue 7, November 2020. Guest Editors: Domantas Jasilionis, David Leon and Robin Room 
    • Migration and Urban Transition in India. A Development Perspective, edited by R. B. Bhagat, Archana K. Roy and Harihar Sahoo.
    • Demography and Economic Emergence of Sub-Saharan Africa, by John F. May and Jean-Pierre Guengant.

(Read summaries)

New IUSSP members

Thirteen new members and 136 new Student Associates joined the IUSSP between 1 September and 1 December 2020.

(See list)

In memory

Lee-Jay Cho, eminent demographer and economist, passed away October 31, 2020, in Honolulu, Hawaii.  His research interests included regional economic development in East Asia and population policy and demography.


José Alberto Magno de Carvalho, a beloved Professor of Demography for more than 50 years, who served on the IUSSP Council as Vice President (1994-1997) and President (1998-2001), died on Oct. 27, 2020.



We learned of the passing on 4 October 2020 of Léon Tabah at the age of 97. He joined the IUSSP in 1949 , chaired the IUSSP Committee on Economics and Demography between 1969 and 1974, editing the 1975 IUSSP 2 volume book on Growth and Economic Development in the Third World. He was also a member of the Committee on Interaction Between Demographic Variables and Income Distribution (1979-1984), and he served as an IUSSP Council Member from 1985 to 1989.

Regional population associations

PAA 2021 annual meeting

The Population Association of America (PAA) 2021 Annual Meeting will be organized entirely as a virtual conference on 5-8 May 2021. Visit the PAA website.


5th APA virtual conference

Due to the recent global pandemic, the Asian Population Association has decided to hold its 5th APA Conference as a 3-day virtual conference on 20-22 July 2021. Detailed information will be announced later on the  APA website.

2020 ALAP virtual conference

The 9th Congress of the Latin American Population Association (ALAP) was held virtually 9-11 December 2020.  Its general theme was "The role of population studies after the Covid-19 pandemic and the challenge of equality in Latin America and the Caribbean". More than 500 researchers took part in the event, which included over 300 communications presented in 107 sessions including round tables, thematic sessions, and workshops. You may still visit the scientific programme and download the papers presented. You will also find more content on the congress website and the recording of some of the main activities on ALAP's YouTube channel.

8th African Population Conference Report

The 8th APC took place in Entebbe, Uganda 18-22 November 2019, hosted by the Government of Uganda under the auspices of the National Population Council (NPC) of Uganda. This report provides an overview of the conference organization, scientific program, participants and financial support. 

(Read the report)

Other announcements

ICFP's Not without FP Forum

Register now to participate in ICFP's Not without FP Forum, on 2-3 February 2021. This virtual gathering will serve as a platform to discuss COVID-19’s impact on the FP and RH community, as well as FP’s essential role in universal health coverage. It will also serve as a springboard toward the in-person ICFP in Pattaya City, Thailand, 8-11 November 2021.

(Learn more)

China Population and Development Studies

Special Issue Call for Papers : Ageing and Health in the Era of Longevity. Special Issue Editors: Jiehua Lu (Peking University),Tianji Cai (University of Macau) and  Qiushi Feng (National University of Singapore)

(Read more)


Recent articles

  • What becomes of marriage when non-marital childbearing is the norm? Ari Klængur Jónsson
  • Female genital mutilation/cutting in Africa: ineffective policies and persistent inequalities, Valeria Cetorelli, Ben Wilson, Ewa Batyra, Ernestina Coast
  • Migrant children’s schooling in urban China, Yuanfei Li, Zai Liang, Zhongshan Yue
  • Grandmotherhood and retirement in Italy, Francesca Zanasi, Inge Sieben
  • Does population aging erode democratic support? Uwe Sunde
  • Socioeconomic differences in life satisfaction and longevity in Spain, Aïda Solé-Auró, Mariona Lozano
  • Prevalence of chronic diseases associated with increased risk of severe COVID-19 in the Philippines, Jeofrey B. Abalos
  • How many people experience homelessness in Australia? James O’Donnell
  • Selecting highly educated immigrants may not significantly raise the average education of the U.S. labor force, Jennifer Van Hook, Alain Bélanger, Patrick Sabourin, Anne Morse
  • The subnational Human Development Index: details on inequality, Iñaki Permanyer, Jeroen Smits
  • Education and sexually transmitted infections among Malawian adolescents, Barbara S. Mensch, Monica Grant, Erica Erica Soler-Hampejsek
  • More siblings, less wealth in today’s Germany, Philipp M. Lersch
  • Accounting for diffusion, broader family planning program effects found in Nigeria, David K. Guilkey, Lisa M. Calhoun, Ilene s. Speizer

(Read articles)


Calls for Papers
  • Colloque en hommage à Véronique Hertrich: Dynamique et Dividendes Demographiques au Mali et en Afrique : Realites et Perspectives. Bamako, Mali, 17-18 March 2021. Deadline for submissions: 15 January 2021
  • China Population and Development Studies (CPDS). Special Issue (published by Springer): Ageing and Health in the Era of Longevity. Deadline for submissions: 1 February 2021
  • 2021 International Population Conference, Online, 5-10 December 2021. Deadline for submissions: 15 May 2021
  • Call for Papers Workshop on pensions and ageing. Paris, France, 7-8 October 2021. Deadline for submissions: 23 May 2021

Job opportunities


  • INED. Chargé-e d’études, Projet « Impact de la pandémie de COVID-19 sur la prise en charge médicale : Analyse des données médico-administratives » - Deadline for Applications: 23 Dec 2020
  • Two tenured researchers at INED, Paris - Deadline for Applications: 22 Jan 2021
  • Associate or Full Professor. Health Policy and Administration PopHealth- Open Rank at Pennsylvania State University - Deadline for Applications: 31 Jan 2021
  • Penn State University: Health Policy and Administration PopHealth- Open Rank - Deadline for Applications: 31 Jan 2021
  • New York University. Abu Dhabi. Social Research and Public Policy Professor, Tenured/Tenure-Track - Open Rank Deadline for Applications: 1 Feb 2021
  • Professor of Demography opportunity at LSHTM - Deadline for Applications: 1 Mar 2021

Doctoral / Post-Doctoral Positions

  • Postdoctoral position in the computational modeling of COVID-19. INSERM, France - Deadline for applications: 31 Dec 2020
  • PhD Scholarships at LSE -Deadline for applications: 14 Jan 2021
  • Postdoctoral Fellow for a Research Project on the Role of Occupational Segregation by Race/Ethnicity and Immigrant Status on Older Adult Health. Screening of applications begins in January 2021
  • MPIDR: PhD Student in Labor Demography - Deadline for applications: 18 Jan 2021
  • Centre for Demographic Studies_Bellaterra_Barcelona_Spain: Full-time 3 years post: Researcher in Demography (R3). -Deadline for applications: 31 Jan 2021

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
  • Emory University: Qualitative Data Analysis Online Training Workshop - Deadline for applications: 19 Jan 2021
  • Emory University: Mentored Qualitative Analysis Workshop - Online Session - Deadline for applications: 27 Jan 2021


Forthcoming IUSSP meetings & other events

  • ICFP’s “Not Without FP Forum,” (Online), 2 to 3 Feb 2021
  • Berlin Demography Days 2021, (Online), 22 to 24 Mar 2021
  • PAA 2021, (Online), 5 to 8 May 2021
  • ASMDA2021 International Conference and Demographics 2021 Workshop, Athens, Greece, 1 to 4 Jun 2021
  • 5th Asian Population Association Conference, (Online), 20 to 22 Jul 2021
  • IUSSP Seminar on Unintended pregnancy and key outcomes—abortion and unplanned births, New Delhi, India, tentatively postponed to October 2021
  • Sixth International Conference on Family Planning, Pattaya City, Thailand, 8 to 11 Nov 2021
  • 2021 International Population Conference (IPC2021), Online & Hyderabad, India, 5 to 10 Dec 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 March 2021. We look forward to hearing from you soon. 

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