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Alyce Raybould is a PhD student at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the BSPS postgraduate student representative. She attends BSPS council meetings to represent the views of BSPS student members.

She encourages all postgraduates studying population related topics to join the BSPS so that you can:

Present your work at the annual BSPS conference, with the support of student member's bursaries from the organisation.

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BSPS Masters dissertation award 2021 

The winners of the 2021 BSPS Masters dissertation prize were announced at the 2021 virtual Conference. The award was made jointly to Isabelle Carter (LSE) for her dissertation: Challenging the assumption of linearity in the epidemiological transition of historical England and Wales and Corrina Horan (LSHTM) for her dissertation: The impact of Covid-19 lockdown on delivery of services by Marie Stopes International Clinics in Nepal’ 

 Corrina’s dissertation is an innovative study of the effect of the Covid lockdown on sexual health and reproductive health services in Nepal, using fascinating microdata on service usage. It provides a contribution to population studies and demographic knowledge by increasing understanding of a new unmet need for contraception and abortion in light of Covid-19. The literature review is excellent and the author offers a very good account of the strengths and pitfalls of the analysis. The research design is novel, estimating multiple interrupted time series and summarising them with a meta-analysis. The presentation of material was of a very high standard indeed; despite the complexity of the study there is a lightness of touch in the text which makes this dissertation easy to read. The numerous excellent figures helped to make the results even more accessible. The judges hope to see it in published form soon.  

The panel agreed that Izzi’s dissertation is also very well written and a pleasure to read. The research questions, posing an interesting challenge to the established demographic theory of the epidemiological transition, are clearly articulated. The author makes a clear contribution to population studies and demographic knowledge by examining the concept of a double burden of disease in relation to epidemiological transition, more often applied to modern Low and Middle Income Countries, to nineteenth century England and Wales. The literature review is comprehensive and engaging, and manages to convey the main theoretical concepts used with clarity. The work is ambitious in scope, convincingly arguing that one of the major theories in demography should be reconsidered. The results are fascinating and detailed, and we very much hope the author will publish them with visualisations of the key results, from the extensive tables of mortality rates by cause, gender and age, to make them accessible to the widest possible audience.