Past events

Session on ‘Critical and theoretical perspectives in demography’ at BSPS Annual Conference

With Wendy Sigle (LSE), Rebecca Sear co-organised a session at the 2017 British Society for Population Studies annual conference on ‘Critical and theoretical perspectives in demography’. This session explored the (potential) contribution of theoretical paradigms and frameworks in demographic research – demography is often described as a discipline without a theory; conversely it can be seen as a theory-rich discipline, since the lack of any overarching theory of its own means it has had to seek out theories from many other disciplines to inform its activity.  We included papers which considered the utility of new theoretical perspectives as well as papers which offered a critical assessment of how particular theoretical perspectives have shaped the status of the discipline and its contributions to knowledge.

The BSPS conference was held in Liverpool, 6-8 September 2017.

More information on the conference is available on the BSPS website.

Conference and workshop hosting

BSPS Day meeting on ‘Menopause, health and culture’

Rebecca Sear co-organised (with Tiziana Leone) a one-day British Society for Population Studies meeting, with funding from the Biosocial Society, on Wednesday 24th May, at LSE.


A key  factor determining a woman’s experience of menopause is the culture in which she finds herself before, during, and after menopause. In our youth-idolizing Western culture, menopause can seem like an ending. However, in many cultures, menopause is a time of new respect and freedom for women. Even though hormonal changes after menopause produce similar symptoms in many women, cultural differences can still shape how people experience this stage of life. These may arise from variation in a wide range of factors, including stigma (or lack of it) within cultures, access to health services and gender inequalities.

Considerable research shows significant variation across populations in the menopausal experience. Biological, psychological, social and cultural factors are associated with either positive or negative attitudes, perceptions or experiences of menopause in various cultures. Comparative international literature shows that neither biological nor social factors alone are sufficient to explain the variation in experiences of the menopausal transition.

The aim of this workshop is to gather current research on the menopause and its cultural and socio-economic aspects. The objectives are to get a multidisciplinary approach to the topic, including both qualitative and quantitative work. Ultimately we want to highlight a variety of issues surrounding this neglected topic which can have repercussions on health in later life.

Programme is available here: BSPS meeting on Menopause.

European Human Evolution and Behavior (EHBEA) 10th annual conference

5-8 April 2016: The EDG hosted the 10th annual European Human Evolution and Behavior (EHBEA) conference at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Photos are now available from the conference here and here

Past Visitors

EDG has hosted several international visitors, including some long-term collaborators of the Group:

Alejandra Nunez-de-la-Mora, Veracruz University, Mexico

David Coall, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia

Mary Shenk, University of Missouri, US

Masahito Morita, Kyoto University, Japan

Past EDG Seminars

Joanna Marczak, London School of Economics

Sarah Myers, University of Canterbury, Kent

Lesley Newson, University of California, Davis

Laura Fortunato, Oxford University

Michael Muthukrishna, London School of Economics

Emma Cohen, Oxford University

Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington, London School of Economics

Alejandra Nunez-de-la-Mora, Veracruz University, Mexico

Gül Deniz Salalı, University College London

Janet Howard, Bristol University

Felix Tropf, University of Groningen & Oxford University

Abigail Page, University College London

Matthew G. Thomas, University College London

Colette Berbesque, University of Roehampton

Meghan Shirley, University College London

Emily Emmott, University College London

Laura Streeter, LSHTM

Sarah Myers, University of Kent

Karthik Panchanathan, University of Missouri

Gillian Pepper, University of Newcastle

Gert Stulp, LSHTM

Sandra Virgo, LSHTM

Mary Shenk, University of Missouri

Caroline Uggala, University College London

Oskar Burger, University of Kent, Canterbury

James Holland Jones, Stanford University