Demotrends is written and curated by population researchers, and is aimed at those with similar interests. Our typical audience is any researcher, from any discipline, who has an interest in demography and population studies. But we welcome all visitors! We aim to keep this site accessible and interesting, so please get in touch with any comments, questions, or feedback.

We also welcome contributions. Demotrends is both a blog and a collaboration, aiming to connect researchers across topics, institutions, and countries. We are keen to hear from anyone who would like to get involved. You may like to write a one-off post (related to your general research interests), or a research spotlight (which allows you to advertise and discuss your current research). You may even be interested in becoming a regular contributor, and you don’t need to be an established (or published) researcher to contribute.

Much of the demotrends content relates to demography, but we have a very broad view of what can be included. We hope to be a gateway to knowledge, and we believe that most social science relates to ‘populations’ in some sense. Even if you don’t want to write a post, you may like to get in touch and share information on news, conferences, jobs, teaching and learning, other blogs, or anything else that’s of interest.

We look forward to hearing from you, and hope you enjoy the site!


Liili Abuladze (MSc) is a PhD researcher in demography at the Estonian Institute for Population Studies, Tallinn University, Estonia. Her current research focuses on the changing family patterns and social networks of European older population. Her previous experience includes activities such as data harmonization, qualitative interviewing as well as archival data mining. more info >>

Maarten J. Bijlsma (PhD) is a Research Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research. He holds a PhD in Pharmacoepidemiology from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, and has MSc degrees in Demography, and in Statistics. Maarten is interested in innovation in applied statistics, particularly the causal inference approach, methodology, and in population health. more info >>

Alessandra Carioli is a Post-Doc researcher at WorldPop, University of Southampton, working on low income countries fine grid estimation of fertility, mortality and migration. Her interests include modeling, spatial econometrics, machine learning, fertility forecasting, and micro-data simulation.
Demo-traveler, Mac enthusiast and R zealot. more info >>

Jason Hilton (MSc) is a PhD student at the Institute for Complex Systems Simulation and the Division of Social Statistics and Demography, University of Southampton. His research examines how agent-based modelling can be used to develop psychologically viable models of demographic decision-making and interaction, and how such models can be validated and calibrated with empirical data. He holds an MSc in Demography from the University of Southampton and a BA in Politics from the University of York. He has also worked in Market Research Analysis at the Nielsen Company. His interests include music and politics. more info >>

Ridhi Kashyap is a PhD student affiliated with the University of Oxford and Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research. Ridhi’s research focuses broadly on changing population structures in Asia, and her current research examines the causes and implications of sex ratio imbalances. She also maintains an interest in methods and models to better understand micro-macro interactions in demography.

Ashira Menashe-Oren is a PhD candidate in demography at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Her current research focuses on differing age structures across the urban/rural divide in Africa and their consequences. Previous research focused on health care services as determinants of fertility and mortality and the impact of AIDS on fertility. She has also worked on data collection and analysis of public opinion surveys. Further interests include poverty and development, population health, migration and gender inequality.

Ben Wilson is a post-doctoral researcher at Stockholm University (Sociology) and visiting fellow at the London School of Economics (Department of Methodology). Ben studies a range of topics, including the demography of migration, families, and fertility. Previously, he worked as a senior researcher for the Office for National Statistics, where he specialised in family demography. more info >>

You can write us an email: demotrendsblog@gmail.com.


Previous contributors:

Marianne Eelens (MSc) holds a Master degree in Global Health from Maastricht University. She worked previously as a junior researcher at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) in the Hague, the Netherlands where she focused on monitoring progress achieved by donors and developing countries in implementing the financial resource targets for international population assistance and domestic expenditures for population activities in developing countries. She has a wide interest in global health-related topics: diseases, family planning, reproductive health, gender equality and women’s empowerment, etc. more info>>



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