Happy diamond anniversary to the journal Population Studies! 8 Jan 2022

If someone were to bake a cake to celebrate the 75th anniversary the journal Population Studies, it would surely look like a population pyramid, such a popular theme for demographic cakes. Sadly, in the middle of a pandemic, it seems unlikely there will be any opportunity to bring people together to mark this occasion. Happily, you can read a special issue of the journal, put together as an anniversary celebration. I was honoured to be invited to co-edit this special issue, by journal editors Wendy Sigle and Alice Reid.

Population Studies first published an anniversary issue to mark its 50th year of publication; an issue filled with established figures in demography, largely reviewing the journal’s illustrious past. These papers make insightful and informative reading. But we editors of the 75th anniversary issue wanted to do something a little different. In Wendy Sigle’s excellent metaphor: if the 50th anniversary issue were a ‘gold’ issue, weighty and homogeneous with established figures in the field, then the 75th should be a ‘diamond’ issue, heterogeneous and perhaps highlighting those aspects of the discipline which could be ‘recut’ to add value, while still absolutely celebrating the relevance, diversity & quality of population research.

Read more about the special issue here: