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Melanie Channon

Melanie Channon

Reader in Social Policy, University of Bath
I am a demographer and social statistician working on issues affecting low- and middle- income countries. My main research interests include menstruation, son preference, fertility transition, sexual and reproductive health, violence against women, and gender statistics. I have expertise in the demography of both Asia and Africa, with a particular focus on Nepal and South Asia.

I am currently leading a UKRI funded project looking at menstrual justice in Nepal and Guatemala, and low- and middle-income countries more broadly. The aim of this project is to improve women and girl’s menstrual experiences and to reduce negative impacts of menstruation and related practices with a particular focus on period pain.

I am a Reader in Social Policy at the University of Bath and Honorary Secretary of the British Society for Population Studies. Previously, I have worked at the University of Oxford, the University of Southampton and the United Nations Statistics Division.

8 billion people – demographers explain the problems with trying to control the global population

Nov 15, 2022 16:42 pm UTC| Life

The worlds population is expected to hit 8 billion people on November 15. Already this has prompted worry about whether there will be enough food, water and energy to support our growing population. While human activity is...

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Economy

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Disney acquires MLB's stake in BAMTech streaming unit for $900M

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Primark investing over $100M in Spain to open new stores and hire 1,000 employees

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Politics

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US: Hakeem Jeffries elected as House Democratic leader

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Science

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It was the first time scientists confirmed that nitrous oxide increases if nitrogenous fertilizers are used excessively for rice farming.

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Technology

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