Awards and Juries

The international jury 2021

A Word from the Jury President

Since 2015, eligible researchers have been invited to submit original papers to compete for the Population Early-Career Researcher Prize. For the 2021 edition, the journal received 26 manuscripts by 31 authors—16 women and 15 men—with a master’s degree or PhD in diverse disciplines (demography, health sciences, sociology, history, economics, geography, statistics, etc.). This year’s contenders have a truly international profile, spanning the continents of Europe, America, Asia, and Africa, with three-quarters having studied in a country other than France. The submissions covered all regions of the world and addressed a wide range of topics in population studies, including health and mortality (10 papers), family and fertility (7), population dynamics (3), and migration (3).

After a first anonymized assessment, 13 manuscripts were preselected, each sent to two external reviewers specialized in the relevant field.  In parallel, members of the jury read all the texts (also anonymized) and the reviewers’ reports. This year’s winner was selected on 8 and 9 February 2021. The authors of several other interesting papers were invited to submit a revised version to the Editorial Board.

We are pleased to announce that the 2021 prize goes to Catalina Torres for her paper entitled ‘Exploring the urban penalty in life expectancy during the health transition in Denmark, 1850–1910’. Adopting a classic historical demographic approach, Torres examines a pivotal period in the European health transition characterized by much higher mortality in urban than in rural areas. Using data on mortality in Denmark and causes of death in Copenhagen, she describes the spectacular increase in urban life expectancy during the late 19th century.

We hope you enjoy reading this article, and we look forward to receiving submissions for the 2022 edition.

International jury of the 2021 competition

President: Gustavo De Santis (University of Florence, Italy)


  • Damien Bricard (IRDES, France)
  • Géraldine Duthé (INED, France)
  • Stéphane Helleringer (NYU, Abu Dhabi)
  • Dominique Tabutin (UCLouvain, Belgium)

Non-voting members:

  • Olivia Samuel (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin, France)
  • Anne Solaz (INED, France)