IUSSP-Mattei Dogan Foundation Award for Comparative Research in Demography


The International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) and the Mattei Dogan Foundation share a common objective: to promote interdisciplinary and comparative international work in the social sciences. In 2004, the Mattei Dogan Foundation and the IUSSP agreed to offer the Award for Comparative Research in Demography.


The Award honours a scientist of high international renown for the contribution of his or her work to the development of studies of population that draw on different disciplines' perspectives and the importance that this work has accorded to international comparisons. The Award is given to a scholar in mid-career to honour work already completed but also to encourage active researchers to continue their research. The Award carries a $3,500 USD prize. It is granted every four years at the IUSSP International Population Conference, where the IUSSP Council invites the Awardee to lecture on a subject of his or her choice.


Nominations for the 2025 award should be submitted by 2 December 2024.


Conditions of Eligibility

All IUSSP members nominated following the procedure listed below are eligible except for current IUSSP Council members. No age limit exists but nominees should ideally be in mid-career.


Nomination Procedure

Candidates must be nominated by IUSSP members; no self-nominations will be accepted. Documentation includes the following: 

  • A nomination letter signed by at least six (6) IUSSP members of at least three (3) different nationalities. 
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation by prominent population scientists who did not sign the nomination letter. 
  • A curriculum vitae that includes a complete list of the nominee’s publications. 

All nomination documents should be sent in one email to the IUSSP Executive Director Mary Ellen Zuppan (zuppan@iussp.org) by Monday 2 December 2024 with a subject line including "2025 IUSSP-Mattei Dogan Award" and the name of the nominee.


Selection Procedure

A Selection Committee appointed by the IUSSP Council will review the nominations and select the Awardee. 


The Award will be presented during the next International Population Conference. The Awardee will give a Keynote address during the Conference.     


The 2021 awardee was Bruno Schoumaker, Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL). He gave a Keynote on “Male fertility around the World and over time. On tapping untapped data for comparative fertility research" during the Closing Session of the 2021 International Population Conference (IPC2021) on Friday 10 December.



Previous awardees:


2017 Laureate

The winner of the 2017 IUSSP-Mattei Dogan Foundation Award for Comparative Research in Demography is Anne Gautier, Senior researcher at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI), Scientific Coordinator of the Generations and Gender Programme, and Honourary Professor of Comparative Family Studies at the University of Groningen (Netherlands). Anne Gautier gave a lecture on Comparative perspectives on the priceless child during the Closing Ceremony at the XXVIII International Population Conference in Cape Town, South Africa on Friday 3 November 2017.  

Read also: Nomination Letter for Anne Gauthier.


2013 Laureate

The winner of the 2013 IUSSP-Mattei Dogan Foundation Award for Comparative Research in Demography is Gunnar Andersson, Professor of Demography and Lecturer in the Interdisciplinary Master's Programme in Demography at Stockholm University and Associate Director of the Linnaeus Center on Social Policy and Family Dynamics in Europe (SPaDE). Gunnar Anderson gave a lecture on comparative research and on his own research during the Closing Ceremony at the XXVII International Population Conference in Busan, Korea on Saturday 31 August 2013.  

Read also: Nomination Letter for Gunnar Andersson.


2009 Laureate

The winner of the 2009 Award for Comparative Research in Demography is Wolfgang Lutz, who works for the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) as Leader of the World Population Program. Wolfgang Lutz is also Director of the Vienna Institute of Demography (VID) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Vienna, Austria). For this award, Wolfgang Lutz gave a presentation at the XXVI International Population Conference during the IUSSP Plenary on “Climate Change: Does Population Matter” on 1 October, on: Population and climate interactions: demographic perspective.


2005 Laureate

The winner of the 2005 Award for Comparative Research in Demography is Vladimir Shkolnikov, who works at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (Rostock, Germany). For this award, Vladimir Shkolnikov gave a lecture at the XXV International Population Conference, during the Closing Ceremony on 23 July 2005, on: Towards the understanding of mortality divergences and reversals.

Read also: Nomination letter of Vladimir M. Shkolnikov