Council Commentary

Population Council at PAA 2018

The 2018 Population Association of America Annual Meeting from April 26-28 in Denver, Colorado will convene thousands of demography, public health, and social science experts. Through more than 25 presentations, Population Council researchers will share new findings and insights on critical global health and development issues spanning Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zambia, and a number of multi-country and regional studies. Stop by booth 314 to chat with our researchers and for our meet-the-editors event.

Urbanization, Resilience, and Climate Change

The Population Council is studying the interaction between increasing urbanization, resilience, and climate change. By mapping and forecasting populations at risk of extreme weather events, and defining and measuring resilience, the Council is examining the effects of migration on at-risk populations, including adolescent girls. 

  • "Family planning: A key factor of building resilience through an integrated population, health, environment (PHE) project in western Tanzania" (Hardee, Thursday April 26, Session P3)
  • "High-risk urbanization: Variation in urban population growth across flood and drought prone regions of India, 1990–2014" (Pinchoff,  Friday April 27, Session 114)
  • "Extreme-event disasters in poor countries: Lessons from Desinventar" (Montgomery, Friday April 27, Session 114

Adolescents and Sexual and Reproductive Health

Adolescent contraception use varies widely across countries and contexts. New empirical evidence shows that adolescents prefer discreet, on-demand options and underscores the need for access to a full range of contraceptive methods with complete, accurate, and timely information. Effective public health interventions must also take into account underlying economic needs.

  • "She expects you to feed her and dress her, but the school girl, you only have to buy her chips: The role of financial and material exchange in young men’s selection of sexual partners in urban Kenya" (Austrian, Thursday April 26, Session 25)
  • "Adolescent condom use: Levels and implications from a multi-country Demographic and Health Surveys analysis" (Hindin, Thursday April 26, Session 25)
  • "Condom use at last sex among single boys and young men in Ethiopia: The effect of descriptive and normative norms" (Jain, Friday April 27, Session P6)
  • "Pharmacies as a source of contraception for adolescents: A multi-country DHS analysis" (Hindin, Friday April 27, Session 148

Evidence on Linkages Between Education and Health

Education and reproductive health are inextricably linked, suggesting a need for integrated programs and policies. But the pathways underlying the relationship between educational attainment, health, and economic livelihood is poorly understood.

  • "Evidence for causal links between education and maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health, and malaria: A systematic review" (Psaki and Mensch, Thursday April 26, Session 30)
  • "The links between women's employment and children at home: Regional variations in low and middle-income countries" (Bongaarts, Friday April 27, Session 112)
  • "Effects of academic skills on the timing of marriage and childbearing among adolescent girls in Bangladesh, Malawi and Zambia: A comparative study" (Psaki, Saturday April 28, Session 236

The Evolution of Family Planning Programs

Demography visionary John Bongaarts curates a special issue of Population Council’s journal Studies in Family Planning in honor of his last month as chair of the editorial committee. The special issue explores central developments and debates in the field as well as the evolution and future of family planning. 

Meet the Editors

Enjoy a unique opportunity to meet the editors of Population Council’s two peer-reviewed journals that shape programs, policies, and research methodologies.

Friday, April 27 at 9:45-11:00am at Population Council's Booth #314.


View the full list of Population Council speakers and activities at PAA 2018.