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Francesco Billari

Professorial Fellow
Professor of Sociology and Demography

Research Interests: Population, family and the life course.

My main interest is the study of population, family and the life course. More specifically, I have worked on fertility and family change, the transition to adulthood, life course analysis, population forecasting, agent-based modelling and I have collaborated in designing comparative surveys.

I am the Editor-in-Chief of Advances in Life Course Research since its foundation as a journal (2009) and I am also in the board of editors of Population Studies.

I joined the Department of Sociology and Nuffield College at the University of Oxford in 2012. Previously, I worked at Bocconi University (2002-2012) and at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (1999-2002). I hold a Ph.D. in Demography from the University of Padua (1998), and a “Laurea” in Economics (specialisation in Statistics) from Bocconi (1994).

I am currently the President of the European Association for Population Studies and of the Council of Advisors of Population Europe. I have been elected a Fellow of the British Academy (2014), a Fellow of the European Academy of Sociology and a Foreign Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (2014). In 2012, I have been awarded the Clifford C. Clogg Award for Early Career Achievement from the Population Association of America.