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Centre for Actuarial Research

University of Cape Town

Private Bag X3

Rondebosch, Western Cape 7701

South Africa

Nationality: South Africa


Membership Number :21381

Tom Moultrie

Professor of Demography, Centre For Actuarial Research (CARe), University of Cape Town

Field of study: Demography

Specialization: Estimates and Projections, Fertility, Mathematical Demography

Regional focus: Sub-Saharan Africa

Highest Degree Level:

Doctorate (Ph.D, MD), Demography, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), 2002

Working languages:
  • - English
  • - Afrikaans

Professional summary:

I am a South African born and bred demographer, trained at the LSHTM, and returned to take up a post at the University of Cape Town in 2002. My interests lie primarily in the fields of demographic estimation (I was PI on the project to update UN Manual X, now available at; fertility transition; and the interface between sociology, race and demography.


I have presented papers at each of the last four IUSSP General Population Conferences (2001; 2005; 2009; 2013); attended and presented papers at IUSSP seminars related to my areas of academic interest; acted as a rapporteur for an IUSSP meeting on demographic training in the developing world in Amsterdam 2009

Member since: 2002

Moultrie TA, RE Dorrington, AG Hill, KH Hill, IM Timæus and B Zaba. 2013. Tools for Demographic Estimation. Paris: International Union for the Scientific Study of Population.

Moultrie TA, TS Sayi and IM Timæus. 2012. "Birth intervals, postponement, and fertility decline in Africa: A new type of transition?", Population Studies 66(3):241-258. doi:


Timæus IM and TA Moultrie. 2008. "On postponement and birth intervals", Population and Development Review 34(3):483-510. doi:


Moultrie TA. 2005. "Racism and reproduction – Population rhetoric in South Africa, 1900-1974", African Studies 64(2):217-242. doi:


Moultrie TA and RE Dorrington. 2012. "Used for ill; used for good: a century of collecting data on race in South Africa", Ethnic and Racial Studies 35(8):1447-1465. doi:

Honorary positions:

Editor, Population Studies (2012-)
Member: Scientific Review Board, Demographic Research (2010-)
Past Editor: Southern African Journal of Demography (2004-2009)
IUSSP Council Member for Africa, 2014-2017
International Advisory Board, LSHTM-UNFPA-IUSSP project on Distance Learning in Demography (2011-)

Research grants:

UNFPA-IUSSP Project on Demographic Estimation - PI
Various grants from INDEPTH Network; UK Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC); South African National Research Foundation; Hewlett Foundation

Other association membership in population or related fields:
  • - Population Association of America (PAA)
  • - Union for African Population Studies (UAPS)