Rebecca SearWhat Comes First: Marriage or Kids? Extramarital childbearing, marriage and cohabitation in Iceland: "In Iceland, 70 per cent of children were conceived outside of marriage in 2018, yet marriage rates remain on par with the OECD average"
A new era of international development aspires to increase the dignity and capabilities of people in poverty. Yet narratives accompanying aid often reinforce stigmatizing views of those in poverty as deficient in their circumstances or ability. We...
Rebecca SearToward a science of delivering aid with dignity [Kenya]- "deficit-focused narratives risk undermining the very goals of aid; narratives crafted to counter stigma & leverage culturally resonant forms of agency enhance recipients’ investment in their skills"
By synthesizing information on archaeological sites, palaeoclimate reconstructions and ancient DNA, Betti et al. show that the Neolithic expansion in Europe was not a continuous process of diffusion, but a series of climate-driven episodes of...
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on public mental health. Therefore, monitoring and oversight of the population mental health during crises such as a panedmic is an immediate priority. The aim of this study is to analyze the...
Rebecca SearPrevalence of stress, anxiety, depression among the general population during COVID-19: systematic review - "prevalence of stress in 5 studies, n=9074 is 29.6%, anxiety in 17 studies n=63,439 is 31.9% & depression in 14 studies n=44,531 people is 33.7%"
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has upended almost every facet of academia (1). Almost overnight the system faced a sudden transition to remote teaching and learning, changes in grading systems, and the loss of access to research...
Rebecca SearIn the wake of COVID-19, academia needs new solutions to ensure gender equity
The article considers the evolution of two “Second Demographic Tradition” (SDT) core characteristics: fertility postponement and the rise of cohabitation, with particular attention being given to the first two decades of the new century. It can be...
Rebecca SearThe second demographic transition, 1986–2020: sub-replacement fertility and rising cohabitation—a global update.
TL;DR - SDT model pretty much holds up
Rebecca SearGender (Im)Balance: Intergenerational transfers over the lifetime for men and women in Europe - interesting analysis of both public and private (unpaid work & market) transfers in 15 European countries
Paul Spiegel and colleagues estimate the potential consequences of COVID-19 outbreaks at refugee camps.
Rebecca SearPotential impact of COVID-19 in refugee camps in Bangladesh & beyond:"findings suggest a COVID-19 epidemic in a refugee settlement may have profound consequences, requiring large increases in healthcare capacity that may exceed what is currently feasible"
Species can be ordered along a slow‐to‐fast life history continuum, a.k.a. ‘pace‐of‐life’. We don't know whether key physiological traits, e.g. metabolic rate, antioxidant defence, immune function, c...
Rebecca SearStrong species differences in life history don't predict oxidative stress physiology or sensitivity to envnment [damselflies]:"no support for integration of metabolic rate, oxidative stress physiology or defence/condition traits into pace-of-life syndrome"
Rebecca SearEstimating annual rates of homelessness [Australia]: "Homelessness is more prevalent though more diverse & episodic than typically measured, affecting a large cross-section of the population & likely embedded within the dynamics of poverty & deprivation"
Rebecca SearDemocracy and Demography: It is time to invest in children - "Francesco Billari argues that the EU must use COVID-19 crisis exit funds to prioritise investment in children and the institutions that shape them, their schools and families"