IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


The indirect consequences of mortality crises

31 January 2024, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Commuters walk around a London train station; some are made blurry by movement. Image credit: Chris Mann / Adobe Stock.

Join this event to hear Andrea Tilstra discuss various measures of population health change during and because of mortality crises, and theorise about the pathways through which these changes emerge, drawing on evidence from the US and the Netherlands.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Tobias Ruttenauer


Room G03
55-59 Gordon Square

The immediate, direct effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on mortality are felt worldwide. Yet this is not the only mortality crisis the world has witnessed in recent decades. In the US, the opioid epidemic, increased automobile deaths and homicides, and more generally, the midlife mortality crisis all contribute to the deteriorating average lifespan of Americans today.

Andrea will discuss the consequences of these crises and how these span beyond changes to population mortality.

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in demography and population health.

Please note this is a hybrid event and can be joined either in-person or online.

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About the Speaker

Andrea Tilstra

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the University of Oxford

In her research, Andrea analyses trends in population health. She applies a Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) perspective and is particularly interested in the extent to which environmental shocks experienced by an entire society (e.g., period effects) influence outcomes at both ends of the life course: fertility and mortality.

In her work, she identifies the health consequences of policy changes, institutional practices, and large public health crises and also reveal how these trends either exacerbate or equalize existing health inequalities. 

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