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Richard E. Bilsborrow, Ph.D., Research Professor, Biostatistics


Richard Bilsborrow has worked on and directed three USAID projects on population and development in developing countries, including teaching in Spanish overseas. He has more than 40 years of experience in interdisciplinary collaborative research and in developing methods (sample and questionnaire design, training interviewers) for collecting data from household and community surveys, and using it to study demographic behavior (migration & fertility), economic activities and relationships with and impacts on land and forests in developing countries, especially in Latin America.

Richard Bilsborrow is an economist-demographer with extensive experience in population and development issues in developing countries. He has a PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan and a Certificate in Demography from Princeton University where he was a postdoc. Recent research has focused on the linkages among demographic processes, development, and the environment. In 1997-98 he was a Hofstee Fellow at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute in The Hague. He has consulted widely with governments of developing countries, United Nations agencies, and environmental organizations on population, international migration, development (including poverty measurement), and environmental issues, and contributed bibliography and case studies to the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo (1994) and the World Summit in Johannesburg (2002). Current research projects include (1) demographic and other factors influencing land-use and deforestation and implications for the environment and sustainable development, notably in the Ecuadorian and Peruvian Amazon; (2) determinants and consequences of internal migration in developing nations, and linkages with development and the environment; and (3) methodological aspects of designing, conducting and analyzing surveys on international migration in the Middle East, CIS States and Sub-Saharan Africa with the World Bank. Bilsborrow teaches courses on demographic techniques and on economic development, population dynamics, and the environment.

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Last Updated: 2019-09-13