Demographers’ contributions to the understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic 


We have added a new webpage to the IUSSP website to feature some of the (numerous) contributions demographers have made to our understanding of the SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 pandemic as it unfolds. During epidemics and pandemics of infectious diseases, demography’s insights help understand who infects whom, how many cases of infection there might be, and how severe a pathogen might be. Population scientists also play critical roles in evaluating the death toll linked to an epidemic, describing how it affects fundamental aspects of social life (e.g., marriage, fertility, residential arrangements), and planning social services to mitigate its impact on wellbeing.


The webpage includes:

  • Demographers in the news featuring press articles citing IUSSP members research (examples include: The Guardian, NYT, Le Monde, the Economist, El Pais, etc.);
  • Demographic research and advocacy on the spread and impact of COVID-19;
  • Data collection on and during the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Data visualization corner where graphic displays related to demographic data are featured;
  • Projecting impact and needs for the most vulnerable;
  • Coping with the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the world;
  • Data and website resources on COVID-19;
  • Announcements for webinars, calls for papers, and other activities that may be of interest. 


We update this page regularly but need your help to identify appropriate additions. We hope to highlight contributions from all regions of the world and welcome your participation.  If you have information or resources you would like to share on this page, please email