January 10, 2022 | News | Congratulations

Joshua Wilde Appointed Editor of Population and Development Review


The Population Council announced Raya Muttarak, Professor of Demography at the University of Bologna and Joshua Wilde, Research Scientist in the Laboratory of Fertility and Well-Being at the MPIDR as new Editors of Population and Development Review (PDR).

“Raya and Josh bring to the journal complementary expertise in their disciplines and outstanding scholarly work. Both care deeply about equity and inclusion in the sciences and in academic publishing, as seen through mentoring work, open science practices, and collaboration with diverse groups of co-authors. We are thrilled to have them aboard,” says Dr. Thoai Ngo, Vice President of Social and Behavioral Science Research at the Population Council.

The search for new Editors of PDR was announced in an open call, allowing for candidate nominations and self-nominations to ensure a broad and diverse pool of candidates. The Council received more than 50 nominations: one-third women and 80 percent from outside the United States, representing 28 countries.

Joshua Wilde is a Research Scientist in the Laboratory of Fertility and Well-Being at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Germany. His research focuses on the causes and consequences of fertility change. Josh is the co-creator of the Canning-Karra-Wilde (CKW) model, which analyzes the macroeconomic effects of fertility decline in low- and middle-income countries. He has also studied the effect of pre-natal climate shocks on long-run health and educational outcomes, and the effects of infectious disease, particularly malaria and COVID-19, on fertility behavior. He is currently studying the impacts of climate change on fertility and revising estimates of sex ratios at birth to better understand the prevalence of sex-selective abortion and broader discrimination against women and girls.  

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