Dr Sylvie Dubuc

Sylvie Dubuc

Dr Sylvie Dubuc has a long-standing research carrier in the multi-disciplinary field of Population Studies, largely focusing on research around migration, family, gender, reproductive health and social inequality.

Sylvie completed her PhD in Human Geography at Paris-Sorbonne and worked for over 10 years in Oxford at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, where she was senior research fellow and PI. Sylvie is also a Nuffield College Research Associate, at Oxford since 2014. Since 2017, she works as Senior Lecturer at the Department of Geography at Reading, where she teaches on population and development, supervises dissertations and PhD students and is Post Graduate Research Director in Human Geography.

She has held research grants from the ESRC, British Academy, Nuffield Foundation, the Wellcome Trust and Global Challenges Research Fund. She is currently leading a collaborative 3.5 years research project on childbearing and gender preferences in the UK funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (https://research.reading.ac.uk/son-preference-uk/).

Sylvie is serving on the Peer-review College of the ESRC since 2010. She served as Council member of the British Society for Population Studies from 2011 to 2015. She is grant assessor for a number of national and international funders and research councils, and often reviews for a variety of international journals in Population, Policy and Global Health research.


Recent publications include:

Dubuc S. (forthcoming) Préférence pour les garçons et sélection prénatale: causes, implications et féminisme. Pensées féministes, collection of Université des Femmes.

Dubuc S. and D. SIVIA (2018) Is sex ratio at birth an appropriate measure of prenatal sex selection? Findings of a theoretical model and its application to India. BMJ Global Health, Jul 2018, 3 (4) e000675; DOI: 10.1136/bmjgh-2017-000675


Dubuc S. (2018) ‘Fertility and education of British Asian women: a success story of social mobility?’, Vienna Yearbook of Population Research 2017 (Vol. 15), 269-291.

Dubuc S. (2018) ‘Son preference and fertility: an overview’ Chapter 2, in Family Demography in Asia: A Comparative Analysis of Fertility Preferences’ eds by S. Basten, J. Casterline, and Minja Choe. Edward Elgar publisher. Pps 15-29.. https://www.elgaronline.com/view/edcoll/9781785363542/9781785363542.00007.xml

UNNITHAN M. and S. Dubuc (2017) ‘Re-visionning evidence: Reflections on the recent controversy around gender selective abortion in the UK’, Journal of Global Public Health. 13: 742-753 https://doi.org/10.1080/17441692.2017.1346694

Dubuc S. (2016) ‘Immigrants and ethnic fertility convergence in the UK: the role of global fertility transition and intergenerational social integration’, chapter 5, Changing population of Britain, edited by Tony Champion and Jane Falkingham. Rowan Littlefield International Editions.