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Liili Abuladze is a PhD researcher in demography at the Estonian Institute for Population Studies, Tallinn University, Estonia. Her current research focuses on the changing family patterns and social networks of European older population.
Alessandra Carioli is a researcher at WorldPop, University of Southampton, working on low income countries fine grid estimation of fertility, mortality and migration, forecasting and interpolation of population age structures. Her interests include spatial modeling, machine learning, forecasting, micro-data simulation, and data visualization.
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Pil H. Chung received his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley in the Departments of Sociology and Demography. His research leverages recent advances in formal demographic and statistical methodologies to gain new purchase on old questions about the family: its configurations, transformations, and meanings. His latest work utilizes microsimulation techniques to investigate the link between race differences in mortality and race differences in kinship over the life course in the United States. more info >>
Jason Hilton is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Population Change, University of Southampton. His research focuses on the development of models for the forecasting of population change. His PhD examined the use of Gaussian Process emulators in the analysis of demographic agent-based models. His research interests include applied Bayesian statistics and simulation methodology. more info >>
Martin Piotrowski is an Associated Professor of Sociology at the University of Oklahoma. He received his PhD in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was trained at the Carolina Population Center (CPC). His research focuses on aspects of rural-to-urban migration, marriage and fertility, and familial and gender attitudes especially in parts of Asia and most recently parts of Europe. He has done research in several countries including Thailand, Nepal, China, Japan, and Poland and has explored topics involving inter-generational and family relations, household structures, and life course transitions. He has published widely in sociology, family, and demography journals.
Sylwia Timoszuk (PhD) graduated from the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH), and the European Doctoral School of Demography organised by Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research and SGH. Sylwia currently works as a researcher at the Institute of Statistics and Demography, SGH. She is a gerontologist with skills and experience in conducting both quantitative as well as qualitative analysis. Her current research focuses mainly on the financial aspects of widowhood in older age and childless older people. She is also interested in the socioeconomic dimension of population ageing process.
Ben Wilson is a post-doctoral researcher at Stockholm University (Sociology) and visiting fellow at the London School of Economics (Department of Methodology). Ben studies a range of topics, including the demography of migration, families, and fertility. Previously, he worked as a senior researcher for the Office for National Statistics, where he specialised in family demography. more info >>
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Maarten J. Bijlsma (PhD) is a Research Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research. He holds a PhD in Pharmacoepidemiology from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, and has MSc degrees in Demography, and in Statistics. Maarten is interested in innovation in applied statistics, particularly the causal inference approach, methodology, and in population health. more info >>
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Ashira Menashe-Oren is a research fellow at the Centre for Demographic Research at the Universite catholique de Louvain. Her research is on child migration in sub-Saharan Africa. Her PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem focused on differing age structures across the urban/rural divide in Africa and their consequences. Previous research focused on health care services as determinants of fertility and mortality and the impact of AIDS on fertility. She has also worked on data collection and analysis of public opinion surveys. Further interests include poverty and development, population health, migration and gender inequality.
Marianne Eelens (MSc) holds a Master degree in Global Health from Maastricht University. She worked previously as a junior researcher at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) in the Hague, the Netherlands where she focused on monitoring progress achieved by donors and developing countries in implementing the financial resource targets for international population assistance and domestic expenditures for population activities in developing countries. She has a wide interest in global health-related topics: diseases, family planning, reproductive health, gender equality and women’s empowerment, etc. more info>>
Ridhi Kashyap is affiliated with the University of Oxford. Ridhi’s research focuses broadly on changing population structures in Asia, and her current research examines the causes and implications of sex ratio imbalances. She also maintains an interest in methods and models to better understand micro-macro interactions in demography.