The Organising Committee is pleased to announce the following awards which will be given out to participants of ESHD 2019.

Roger Schofield Award - For the best paper by a young demographer
Louis Henry Award - For methodological innovations in data collection, analysis and visualization
Massimo Livi Bacci Award - To recognize the life-time achievements of outstanding ESHD members

ESHD Roger Schofield Award

Roger Schofield gained worldwide recognition for his contributions to the ingenious reconstruction of the population history of England, published in two seminal volumes: The Population History of England 1541-1871 (1981) and English Population History from Family Reconstitution 1580-1837 (1997). Both were true products of teamwork at the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, University of Cambridge. These works, whose impact goes far beyond traditional disciplinary borders, have provided inspiration for many scholars ever since they were published. Roger Schofield also played an important role in the international development of historical demography, always encouraging young scholars to develop their skills, and always supportive.

Roger Schofield was born in 1937 and received both undergraduate and PhD degrees in history from the University of Cambridge. In 1966 he was appointed as Research Assistant at the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, then only two years old itself. He quickly began to play a major role in corresponding with and encouraging 'le secret weapon anglais': the small army of amateur local historians who collected and counted baptisms, burials and marriages from parish registers around the country in an early crowd sourcing exercise. He played a major role in the analyses of these data, offering important and novel interpretations of the course of British population history published in numerous journal articles and books. He was Director of the Cambridge Group from 1974 to 1994, and played a significant role in British and international historical demography: among other roles he was President of the British Society of Population Studies, 1985-87, and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1988. He has been a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge since 1969. You can find more information about his life and career at his article "Through a Glass Darkly" Vol. 22, No. 2 (Summer, 1998), pp. 117-130.

The Roger Schofield Award has been established to recognize the best paper presented by a young demographer at the European Society of Historical Demography Conference.

Members of the ESHD designated by the Council will select the successful candidate from among the works presented at the Society Conference, based on scientific content and presentation. Requirements: Must be an ESHD member. Must be < 35 years of age. A full paper is to be submitted and content must represent original work and not have been presented or published previously. Selected finalists will be informed in advance and must confirm their attendance at the Conference. Winners will be presented with a certificate confirming their prize during the Congress Closing Ceremony. Judgment criteria will be based on the scientific content of the paper and the presentation.

If you wish to be considered for this award, please submit your full paper to before the 1st of June 2019.


Louis Henry Award

Louis Henry gained a worldwide reputation when, in the 1950s, he formalised and stabilised 'family reconstitution', a method of creating high quality demographic data from parish registers. This rapidly became a terrific success, and subsequent studies of hundreds of parishes, through the patient and careful work of a new generation of historical demographers, have dramatically progressed our knowledge of population.

Louis Henry was born in 1911 and after an initial career in the army, he became a member of the “Institut National d’Etudes Démographiques” in Paris in 1946. His demographic studies rapidly convinced him that the present cannot be understood if we do not know the past. Louis Henry played a decisive role in the expansion of historical demography, through manuals which bring an absolute rigor and a sharp critical mind to procedures of data collection, linkage and analysis.

The Louis Henry Award has been established by the European Society of Historical Demography to recognize methodological innovations in data collection, visualization or analysis.
Members of the ESHD designated by the Council will select the successful candidate from among all the works presented at the Society Conference and after careful review and deliberation.


Massimo Livi Bacci Award

Massimo Livi Bacci's long and outstanding scientific activity has addressed various aspects of Italian and world population, in terms of current development as well as historical perspectives. His work is characterized by frequent incursions into disciplinary fields different to his central demographic interests, in   order to both better understand the issues addressed and, at the same time, offer extensive comparative analysis framed by the long run. Indeed, Massimo Livi Bacci has produced some large and intense "frescoes" on the history of population. The books he has published in recent decades include: The Population of Europe. A History (Blackwell, 1999); Conquest. The Destruction of Native Americans (Polity 2008); A Concise History of World Population (fourth edition: Blackwell, 2006); Eldorado in the Marshes. Gold, Slaves and Souls between the Andes and the Amazon (Polity, 2010); A Short History of  Migration (Polity, 2012); Amazzonia. L’impero dell’acqua, 1500-1800 (2012); and Our Shrinking Planet (Polity, 2017).

Massimo Livi Bacci, born in Florence, 1936, graduated in Political Science at the University of Florence. He then studied at Brown University, supported by a Fulbright fellowship. His academic career began at the University of Rome, and in 1966 he moved to the University of Florence with a full professorship in Demography. He has spent periods teaching and conducting research in the United States, in Mexico, in Brazil and in various European countries. He has received honorary degrees from the University of Liège and Universidad Complutense of Madrid. He is a member of the national “Lincei” Academy of Rome (since 1985), of the American Philosophical Society (since 2004) and of the Japan Academy (2008). In 2001 he was awarded the Invernizzi Prize (Economics). In his long career Massimo Livi Bacci has published a number of scientific books, essays and articles; has organized meetings and conferences; has directed and coordinated research groups; has cofounded scientific societies; and has been a consultant to many institutions, in Italy and abroad. For twenty years he was at the head – first as Secretary General, later as President – of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP). He has been responsible for the scientific organization of the major world population conferences sponsored every four years by IUSSP, in Mexico (1977), Manila (1981), Florence (1985), New Delhi (1989) and Montreal (1993), and initiated the contacts for the conference held in Beijing in 1997. He is currently honorary president of IUSSP and Professor Emeritus of the University of Florence.

For the first time the ESHD will honour one of its members by bestowing its Massimo Livi Bacci Award. The Massimo Livi Bacci Award has been established by the European Society of Historical Demography to recognize the life-time achievements of outstanding ESHD members. Contributions to the advancement of historical demography and distinguished service rendered to the ESHD will be considered in the judging of the award. The ESHD membership nominates candidates for this award and members of the ESHD designated by the Council will select the successful candidate by secret ballot after careful review of each candidate’s dossier and testimonials.

You can nominate candidates to before the 1st of June 2019.