IUSSP Population, Poverty and Inequality

Research Conference

Ann Arbor (Michigan), United States, 27-29 June 2019



Deadline for submissions: 18 February 2019

Download the Call for Papers in pdf. 




The IUSSP Scientific Panel on Population, Poverty and Inequality aims to produce policy-relevant evidence on the interactions between population dynamics and poverty and inequality. With funding provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the panel will host two international conferences that address the central theme of the Panel.  We also plan to follow up the conferences with sessions and other events at the 2021 International Population Conference. The Panel aims to become the knowledge hub for economic demography research that examines the interactions of population dynamics with poverty and inequality.


This Call for Papers is for the first proposed conference. We invite economists, demographers, economic demographers, sociologists, and researchers from other related disciplines to submit their research to the conference. The conference will be held at the Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan, a leader in developing and applying new social science methods, committed to educating the next generation of social scientists. The conference program will include a set of keynote speakers who have made influential contributions in these areas. 


Conference Themes

In examining the interaction of population with poverty and inequality, the Panel is interested in the causal impact in both directions: poverty and inequality impacting population dynamics, and population dynamics affecting poverty and inequality. The Panel is particularly interested in low- and middle-income settings. Consideration of population dynamics addresses issues of gender, fertility, reproductive health, age structure, aging, household structure and migration. The Panel is interested in how these population dynamics interact with poverty and inequality, moving beyond the analysis of prevalence of poverty and inequality to probe differential impacts of socio-economic status across the distribution on demographic behavior as well as the consequences of demographic changes for well-being across the distribution. 


Deadlines and Important Dates

  • Call for conference extended abstracts/ papers opens: 17 December 2018
  • Call for conference extended abstracts/ papers closes: 18 February 2019
  • Authors notified of extended abstracts/ papers accepted: 11 March 2019
  • Deadline for making online revisions to papers: 1 June 2019
  • Conference: 27-29 June 2019


Online Submissions:

Researchers are invited to submit a short AND an extended abstract (four-page minimum) or a draft paper to the IUSSP Population, Poverty and Inequality 2019 Conference. The official language of the conference is English. Submissions must include a description of the research objectives and intersections with the IUSSP Population, Poverty and Inequality themes, the data and research methods, some preliminary results, and the policy relevance of the research.  


  • To submit an abstract please fill out the online submission form on the IUSSP website at: ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM.


If you do not have an IUSSP user or member account you will need to create an account. (You do not have to be an IUSSP member to submit for or participate in this conference). 


Travel Awards

Travel awards will be provided to assist a limited number of conference participants (presenters, discussants, chairs). Priority will be given to those participants traveling from developing countries. Information on travel award applications will be provided to authors of accepted submissions. 


For further information, please contact Jocelyn Finlay (jfinlay@hsph.harvard.edu) and/or Murray Leibbrandt (murray.leibbrandt@uct.ac.za).


IUSSP Scientific Panel on Population, Poverty and Inequality


  • Jocelyn E. Finlay (Harvard University, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health) 
  • Murray Leibbrandt (University of Cape Town, Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit).

Steering committee members: 

  • Esther Leah Achandi (University of Dar es Salam)
  • Farzana Afridi (Indian Statistical Institute)
  • Kathleen Beegle (World Bank)
  • Anda David (Agence Française de Développement)
  • Marlene Lee (Population Reference Bureau)
  • Marcelo Neri (Center for Social Policies, Getulio Vargas Foundation, Brazil)
  • Nkechi Owoo (Department of Economics, University of Ghana)
  • Eliya Zulu (African Institute for Development Policy)

IUSSP Council Liaison: David Lam (University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research)