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José Manuel Aburto receives 2021 European Demographer Award

The Förderfonds Wissenschaft in Berlin and Population Europe have announced that José Manuel Aburto, Newton Fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science and the Department of Sociology, is one of two recipients to be honoured with a European Demographer Award 2021, alongside Carlo Giovanni Camarda, Institut National d'Études Démographiques, Paris.


The renowned European Demographer Award supports outstanding research on the causes and consequences of demographic change in Europe. The prizes are awarded to researchers who have just completed their doctorate or who are at an advanced stage of their academic career. The selection is made by a committee of international population scientists.


José Manuel is one of the leading early career researchers in Europe. His research has made significant methodological and substantive contributions to understanding population health through the lens of lifespan inequalities. He has developed formal demographic methods to understand the dynamic relationship between life expectancy and life span equality over time. Drawing on these methods, he has illuminated important patterns of mortality change occurring in the context of regions such as Central and Eastern Europe that have experienced mortality fluctuations, and quantified the sizeable burden of violence on population health in Latin America.


He has published a number of peer-reviewed articles in prestigious international journals, including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Demography and the American Journal of Public Health. Following the completion of his PhD, José Manuel was awarded a Newton International Fellowship by the Royal Society and British Academy and a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship from the European Commission.


Melinda Mills, Director LCDS, says “José Manuel is an exceptionally talented demographer whose work spans exciting new areas in lifespan and mortality research, often focussing on Latin America. We are honoured to have such a talented and award-winning researcher in our midst.”


José Manuel Aburto, Newton Fellow at LCDS and the Department of Sociology, says: “I am deeply honoured for this recognition of my work. Impactful and meaningful demographic research cannot take place without the help and generosity of others. I am thankful to the European Doctoral School of Demography and all my mentors for supporting and encouraging me during this journey. In a lot of ways this award is also for them.”


This is the third time that a member of LCDS and the Department of Sociology has received a European Demographer Award, following Ridhi Kashyap, Associate Professor of Social Demography in 2019, and Felix Tropf in 2017, now Assistant Professor in Social Science Genetics, CREST/ENSAE.


For further details, please visit Population Europe’s website.










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