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Centre de recherche en démographie

SSH/IACS, Collège Jacques Leclercq

Place Montesquieu 1, bte L2.08.03

Louvain-la-neuve, B-1348


Nationality: France


Membership Number :20139

Philippe Bocquier

Professor, Universite catholique de Louvain (UCL)

Field of study: Demography, Population and Development, Statistics

Specialization: Internal Migration, Mortality, Health, and Longevity, Urbanization

Regional focus: Western Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa

Highest Degree Level:

Doctorate (Ph.D, MD), Demography, Université Paris Descartes, 1992

Working languages:
  • - English
  • - French

Professional summary:

Philippe Bocquier is a professor at the Centre de recherche en démographie et sociétés (Centre DEMO) of the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. He holds an MA and a PhD in demography from Sorbonne University in Paris, as well as an MSc in Statistics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. From 1988 to 2008, he held various research positions for the French Institut de recherche pour le développement, being posted between four and five years in Senegal, Mali, and Kenya. In 2008-2010, he was a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, where he holds now an Honorary Senior Researcher position. He has a long experience in longitudinal analysis, using both retrospective survey data and HDSS. His research interests range from urban projections to demographic transition and from urban integration to entry into adulthood. His current research focus is on migration and health interrelationships. 

Member since: 1993

Bocquier, P. 2015. “The Future of Urban Projections: Suggested Improvements on the UN Method”, Spatial Demography. 2(2):(in press) doi 10.1007/s40980-015-0005-1.

Collinson, M.A., White, M.J., Bocquier, Ph, McGarvey, S., Afolabi, S., Clark, S.J., Kahn, K., Tollman, S.M. 2014. “Migration and the Epidemiological Transition: Insights from the Agincourt sub-district of northeast South Africa.”, Global Health Action, 7: 23514, doi: 10.3402/gha.v7.23514

Bocquier, P., Madise, N. J. & Zulu, E. 2011. “Is there an urban advantage in child survival in Sub-Saharan Africa? Evidence from 18 countries in the 1990s.” Demography, 48(2):531-558, doi:10.1007/s13524-011-0019-2.

Béguy, D., Bocquier, P. & Zulu E. 2010. “Circular Migration Patterns and Determinants in Nairobi Slum Settlements.” Demographic Research, 23(20):549-586. doi:10.4054/DemRes.2010.23.20.

Bocquier, P., Agwanda, A.O., A. Khasakhala, I. Nyandega, & S. Owuor. 2009. Urban Integration in Africa – A Socio-Demographic Survey of Nairobi. Dakar: CODESRIA, 159p. ISBN : 078-2-86978-229-7.

Honorary positions:

Honorary Senior Researcher, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa