Theory and politics of multiculturalism, secularism, Islamophobia, racial equality; sociology of ethnic minorities in higher education and employment; with special reference to Muslims in Western Europe
Professor Francesco Billari FBA
About this Fellow
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 and in 2013 a Doctorat Honoris Causa from the Université catholique de Louvain.
Health and well-being at older ages; family and household change; life course influences on health; intergenerational exchanges; demography of ageing
Comparative welfare state studies; social policies and gender inequality; theorisation and measurement of contemporary poverty; family policies within a comparative perspective; social care in contemporary states and societies; European Union social policies
Economics of education; inequality in education and labour market outcomes, educational efficiency, school and teacher effectiveness, social mobility