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ERC Consolidator Grants for Eva Beaujouan, Jennifer Dowd, Alessia Melegaro and Raya Muttarak

News: ERC Advanced Grants for Population Europe Researchers
Professor Arnstein Aassve

A record number of women (37%) received Consolidator Grants from the European Research Council (ERC) this year. Population Europe is pleased to announce that four outstanding women from our network were among these winners.

  • Dr Eva Beaujouan is a Senior Research Scientist from the University of Vienna and the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital. She will lead the project  BIC.LATE - Biological, Individual and Contextual Factors of Fertility Recovery. This project will assess the importance of infertility and assisted reproduction for fertility recuperation; detect new inequalities that could arise in that context; and explain differences in fertility levels across the low-fertility countries. Check out her Expert Twitter Takeover from July to learn a bit more about her research.

  • Dr Jennifer Dowd is an Associate Professor of Demography and Population Health and Deputy Director of the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science, University of Oxford, and will lead MORTAL: Understanding mortality: Biosocial determinants across cohorts, time and place. The project will work to understand how long we are living, and why. Despite living in a time of high economic development and technological and medical advances, it is unclear why life expectancy is declining and stalls in mortality are happening. She recently participated in our Expert Meeting to discuss where the demographic research community goes now at this stage of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Dr Alessia Melegaro is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Political Sciences from the University of Bocconi and the Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policy. She was awarded funding for her project IMMUNE: Modelling the Impact of Human Behaviours on Infections Spread. The project aims to update the most widespread epidemiological models, taking into account the dynamics of human behavior. It will focus on vaccine hesitancy and its public health consequences. She presented her project to the ERC prior the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, but this funding and research could not come at a better time. She also co-authored our Policy Brief ‘Demography and the Coronavirus Pandemic’

  • Dr Raya Muttarak is Director of Population, Environment and Sustainable Development at the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital and will lead POPCLIMA - Population Dynamics under Global Climate Change. She will look at how changing climate impacts different sectors of populations and identify the ways in which mortality, fertility, and migration patterns are influenced.


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