Jennifer D. Sciubba's work on population trends translates the statistics of birth, death, migration and more into human stories and new ways to understand the world.

Why you should listen

Jennifer D. Sciubba is an internationally recognized expert in the field of political demography. While she spends much of her time with numbers, her work reminds us that population data is the accumulation of individual experiences, and those stories have a lot to teach us. She examines the shifting patterns of population growth through the lenses of national security, global health and economics. Her work often brings together communities such as business and academia or social science and tech, demonstrating how demographics can help us see political, economic and social relations in new ways.

Sciubba is the author of 8 Billion and Counting: How Sex, Death, and Migration Shape Our World and The Future Faces of War: Population and National Security. She works to educate the broader public about the importance of population trends by translating research for readers of The Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, The Washington Post and more, in addition to publishing policy-relevant research in numerous scholarly articles and edited books. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, vice chair of the Population Reference Bureau's Board of Trustees and affiliated with both the Wilson Center and the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. She remains convinced that even though the world can seem deeply chaotic, studying demographics can help it all make sense.

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Leaping boldly into new global realities: Notes on Session 3 of TED2023

April 18, 2023

From climate change to aging to geopolitics, Session 3 of TED2023 surveyed big issues with worldwide implications. The event: Talks from Session 3 of TED2023: Possibility, hosted by TED current affairs curator Whitney Pennington-Rodgers When and where: Tuesday, April 18, 2023, at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada Speakers: Jennifer D. Sciubba, Piyachart Phiromswad, […]

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