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The Population Association of America Annual Meeting 2015

Members of Department presenting research at this year's Population Association of America's Annual Meeting|

The Population Association of America (PAA) is a non-profit, professional organisation that promotes research on population issues. The PAA Annual Meeting is the largest annual research conference on population, with hundreds of presentation and posters on population research.

Nine members of the Department of Social Policy are presenting their research at this year's  Annual Meeting in San Diego, California. They include Dr Barclay, Ms Batyra, Dr Coast, Dr Goisis, Professor Grundy, Dr Herman, Ms Mariani, Professor Myrskyla and Ms Vaisanen. 

Valeria Cetorelli

LSE study shows sharp rise in teenage childbearing during Iraq War

A study by Valeria Cetorelli|, an LSE PhD candidate in demography in the Department of Social Policy, shows that teenage fertility in Iraq rose by more than 30 per cent between 2003 and 2010 due to increased early marriage among less-educated girls.

Read more here|


Research Unit LaunchALPHA- Ageing, Lifecourse and Population Health Analysis|

The LSE ALPHA research unit undertakes and promotes quantitative research on lifecourse, socio-economic and intergenerational influences on individual and population health using a range of large scale, predominantly longitudinal datasets.  

LSE ALPHA brings together researchers working on a number of projects, including three research programmes funded by the European Research Council.


Research NewsDoes having children make us any happier?|

The birth of a first and a second child briefly increases the level of their parents’ happiness, but a third does not, according to new research from LSE and Western University, Canada.

Mikko Myrskylä, Professor of demography at LSE and Director of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany, said: “Our results show a temporary and transitory gain in parents’ happiness around the birth of first and second children." Read more here|.

Dr Ernestina Coast

Research NewsSex and fertility versus health in AIDS stricken Africa|

How do you reconcile the basic sexual and fertility needs of 25 million Africans with the stark reality of HIV/AIDS? The impact is devastating and extends way beyond a health crisis, with far reaching effects on the African workforce, family, education system and the economy in general.

Dr Ernestina Coast has been researching this topic with funding from the Wellcome Trust.


Twins and short spaced births are linked to premature death among parents. Professor Emily Grundy discusses the implications of raising children close in age.

Mothers of twins and parents who have children in quick succession have a greater risk of dying prematurely, new research from LSE shows.

The findings, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health|, suggest that the accumulated physical, emotional and financial stresses of raising children close in age could have long-term health implications. More|

Dr Ernestina Coast

Dr Ernestina Coast presented findings of a systematic review on maternal and newborn health to the WHO in Geneva.

Dr Ernestina Coast, a member of the Guideline Development Group for the World Health Organization's Technical Consultation on health promotion interventions for maternal and newborn health, presented the findings of a systematic review, led by herself and involving a team from the LSE including Eleri Jones and Sam Lattof, in Geneva 15-17th July. The systematic review addresses the question "What interventions to provide culturally-appropriate skilled maternity care lead to an increase in use of skilled maternity care before, during and after birth?"


Population@LSE researchers have been awarded an ESRC-DFID Poverty Alleviation Impact Maximisation Grant| to extend the influence of their research on maternal health in Zambia on policy and practice in the area. The project, Pregnancy termination trajectories in Zambia: the socio-economic costs|, has allowed the team to estimate and compare the socio-economic implications of safe abortion and post abortion care for women and their households and has increased our understanding of how and why safe abortion services are not used more fully. You can read more about the project and why it's important here|.

The Impact Maximisation Grant will enable the team to do more than just disseminate their findings to policy makers and other academics. The team of international scientists, led by Dr Ernestina Coast|, are now planning innovative activities that will reach out to women and girls seeking abortion-related care, international NGOs involved in abortion care service delivery in Zambia, as well as members of Zambian civil society and parliament. In doing so, the grant will promote the translation of the project's findings into strategies to prevent the maternal deaths and wasted resources that are the cost of unsafe abortion.

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