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VIRTUAL EVENT: Perspectives from a pandemic: demographic insights and battling the 'infodemic'

02 December 2020, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

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In this webinar, Dr Jenn Dow will examine some of the empirical evidence and the related policy implications of the COVID-19 pandemic from a demography perspective.

This event is free.

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While epidemiology is certainly having a moment, demography has been key to understanding COVID-19 data since the early days of the pandemic. 

This talk will highlight demographic insights into COVID-19, ranging from the intersection of population age structure and mortality, to estimates of excess mortality and the feasibility of ‘focused protection’ or ‘shielding the vulnerable’ as a strategy to speed up the end of the pandemic. 

Dr Dowd will also discuss the role of academics in science communication during this time and her experiences with the COVID-19 science communication effort 'Dear Pandemic'.  

QSS seminar series

In this weekly Quantitative Social Science (QSS) seminar series, speakers present research that falls under the broad umbrella of quantitative social science.


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About the Speaker

Dr Jenn Dowd

Associate Professor of Demography and Population Health, Deputy Director of the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science and Associate Member at Nuffield College at The University of Oxford

Dr Dowd is a quantitative health and social scientist with interdisciplinary training in demography, epidemiology, economics, and infectious disease. Her research focuses on how social and biological processes interact over the life course and specifically how social factors 'get under the skin' to impact health. 

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