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The World at Six Billion

By Priyanka Nandy, 23 November 2022 ‘The Day of the Six Billion’ – observed by the United Nation on 12 October 1998 – came twelve short years after the five-billion mark, making it the fastest recorded billion-growth at the time.…

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The World at 5 Billion

‘The Day of Five Billion’ – marked on 11 July 1987, and celebrated as World Population Day since 1989 – was the first precisely-dated population milestone that was predicted before it happened. The third and fourth billion milestones, in 1960…

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PhD Opportunity in Population History

The Laureate Centre for History and Population is delighted to invite applications for a Laureate Doctoral Scholarship in population history. The successful candidate will join the Laureate research team, under the supervision of Professor Alison Bashford, within the School of…

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Painting the Perfect Family

Aprajita Sarcar, 8 September 2021. The image you see was first published in April 1968. It appeared in a newsletter published by the Department of Family Planning, India. The department no longer exists and the newsletter died shortly after 1977.…

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What We’re Reading: QandA with Aprajita Sarcar

Last month, the Laureate Centre Reading Group read the work of Aprajita Sarcar, a New Delhi–based scholar of population history in post-independence India. She is in the process of converting her doctoral research into her first monograph and she shared…

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