Professor Francesco Billari FBA

Demography; life course; family and fertility; transition to adulthood; social norms; comparative and cross-national research; social statistics; agent-based modelling

Elected 2014

UK 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.

Current post

Professor of Demography, Bocconi University; Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford

Past appointments

Bocconi University Professor of Demography, Bocconi University

Feb 2017 -

Department of Sociology, Oxford Professor of Sociology and Demography, University of Oxford; Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford

Jan 2016 - Feb 2017


The emergence of lowest‐low fertility in Europe during the 1990s Population and Development Review (2002)

Agent-based computational demography: Using simulation to improve our understanding of demographic behaviour (2003)

Towards a new pattern of transition to adulthood? Advances in Life Course Research (2010)

Advances in development reverse fertility declines Nature (2009)

Cohort Replacement and Homeostasis in World Population, 1950-2100 Population and Development Review (2013)

Integrating macro-and micro-level approaches in the explanation of population change Population Studies (2015)

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