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On 15 November 2022, the world’s population is projected to reach 8 billion people, a milestone in human development. This unprecedented growth is due to the gradual increase in human lifespan owing to improvements in public health, nutrition, personal hygiene and medicine. It is also the result of high and persistent levels of fertility in some countries.


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IPC2025 call for session suggestions


The IUSSP Council is seeking suggestions from IUSSP members for sessions to appear in the Call for Papers for the 30th International Population Conference which will take place in Brisbane, Australia in 2025. Please submit by 15 November 2022

IUSSP statement on restricting access to abortion, 27 June 2022


IUSSP Bulletin - Issue 57, Sept 2022


IUSSP video on the contribution of demography and demographers to understanding and addressing current world population challenges




The International Population Conference took place from 5 to 10 Dec 2021.

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


A Poor People's Pandemic Report: mapping the Intersection of Poverty, Race and Covid-19 in the US
by SDSN Secretariat, 6 April 2022 (read report)

 Membership News

Congratulations to the following IUSSP members 


The European Doctoral School for Demography (EDSD), is happy to announce that Albert Esteve, director of the Center for Demographic Studies-CED, Barcelona Spain, is the new rector of EDSD. Albert is also a member of the current IUSSP Council. 
Steven Ruggles who is a recipient of a 2022 MacArthur Fellowship for his work “setting new standards in quantitative historical research by building the world’s largest publicly available database of population statistics”.
Zeng Yi who was recently recognized as one of the Healthy Ageing 50 – fifty leaders working to transform the world to be a better place to grow older by UN Decade of Healthy Ageing.

New publications from members:


Fertility Transition in the Developing World, Springer, 2022

John Bongaarts and Dennis Hodgson


In Memoriam

Tony Wrigley (1931-2022)

Tony Wrigley passed away on 25 February 2022. He was a demographer, historian, and geographer, whose work shaped the historical study of population and the Industrial Revolution. He had joined the IUSSP in 1967 and had been elected the 1993 IUSSP Laureate.




Tomas Frejka (1932-2022)

We recently learned of the passing of Tomas Frejka on 17 April 2022, just short of his 90th year. He joined the IUSSP in 1967 and was an active member regularly attending IUSSP conferences and the meetings of IUSSP Committees and Panels. Most recently he served as a member of 2010-2013 IUSSP Scientific Panel on Below Replacement Fertility: Causes, Consequences and Policy Responses.



Chris Langford (1941-2022)

We are sad to announce that Chris Langford passed away on January 20, 2022. A member since 1970 and a member of the Committee on Comparative Analysis of Fertility (1971-1974), Chris was a key member of the demographic community in Britain for several decades. He was a meticulous scholar and dedicated teacher as well as an authority on much of the Union’s history.


Carmen Miró (1919-2022)

Carmen A. Miró passed away peacefully on 18 September 2022 at the age of 103. She will be remembered as one of the most active women in the history of the IUSSP and in the emergence of Demography as a discipline in Latin America. She became an IUSSP member in 1948, and served on the board of directors as vice president for three terms (1961-62; 1963-64 and 1969-72). From 1973 to 1976, she served as the Unions first female President, and thereafter as Honorary President.



Gavin Jones (1940-2022)

We are sadden to announce the sudden and unexpected death of Gavin Jones on 27 August 2022 at the age of 81. A longtime active member of the Union, he joined the IUSSP in 1967 and served as a member of several IUSSP scientific committees and panels. He most recently participated in the IUSSP Laureate Ceremony in honour of Peter McDonald.



Thomas K. Burch (1934 - 2022)

Longtime member Thomas K. Burch passed away on July 26, 2022 at the age of 87. He  joined the IUSSP in 1967 and remained an active member and scholar authoring books on population up until his death. He served on the IUSSP Committee on Family Demography and the Life Cycle (1981-1985) and was a co-editor with John Bongaarts and Kenneth Wachter of the IUSSP volume on Family Demography - Methods and Their Applications, Oxford University Press (1987). 


Data Revolution

3rd CRVS and gender global conference: "Empowering Women, Saving Lives – Strengthening CRVS Systems"

17-18 October 2022, 12:30-21:00 UTC


The aim of the Conference is to engage with key stakeholders on gender and CRVS - including researchers, practitioners, decision makers and policy advocates - in order to ensure that everyone, in particular women and children, is registered, certified and counted by 2030.




IUSSP Statement:  Defining and successfully accomplishing the Data Revolution – The perspective of Demographers

IUSSP members are invited to read and comment on recommendations sent to the UN Secretary General's Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development.



SDSN/IUSSP Report: Harnessing the Data Revolution for Development -Issues in the design and monitoring of SDG indicators

IUSSP Panel on Digital Demography

IUSSP Panel on Population Perspectives and Demographic Methods to Strengthen Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems

IUSSP/CODATA Scientific Panel on FAIR Vocabularies


For more information see: Demography and the Data Revolution


IUSSP Project on Family Planning, Fertility and Urban Development 

A project to support early career researchers in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia to produce policy-relevant evidence on family planning and fertility in cities and towns and their links to urban welfare funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

 Distance Training 


Tools for Demographic Estimation 

This site represents the major output arising from a joint IUSSP and UNFPA project to produce a single volume containing updated tools for demographic estimation from limited, deficient and defective data


Population Analysis for Policies & Programmes 

This course introduces users to the methods used by demographers to analyse population data, and the sources of this data and the methods used to collect this data. Throughout the course, students are introduced to the types of issues of interest to demographers through real examples. Included are sessions that introduce broad areas of research through discussion of both global and national trends and sessions that show how demographic methods may be used in researching a range of areas, such as reproductive health, morbidity and health profiles, and the effects of ageing on a population.