College: Nuffield

Email: Francesco Billari

Tel.: 01865 281933

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  • Research methods
  • Demography
  • Gender, family and households

Francesco Billari

Professor of Sociology and Demography, Fellow of Nuffield College

Research Areas: Ageing, Globalisation, Human Development, Gender Practices in Household, Ageing and Social Policy, Anthropological Demography.


Professor Billari joined the University of Oxford in 2012. Previously, he was Professor of Demography at Bocconi University, Milan (2002-2012), where he has served as Vice-Rector of Development, as the founding Director of the “Carlo F. Dondena” Centre for Research on Social Dynamics and as the Director of the M.Sc. in Economics and Social Sciences. Between 1999 and 2012 he was Head of the Research Group on the Demography of Early Adulthood at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany. He has held visiting positions and/or advisory body roles at the University of Pennsylvania, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, University of Milan-Bicocca, University of Padua, Catholic University of Milan, Institut National d’Etudes Démographiques, Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in Demography from the University of Padua (1998), and a “Laurea” in Economics (specialisation in Statistics) from Bocconi University (1994).

He is currently President of the European Association for Population Studies. He is a Fellow of the European Academy of Sociology and one of the founding members of Population Europe. In 2012, he has been awarded the Clifford C. Clogg Award for Early Career Achievement from the Population Association of America.

He is Editor-in-Chief of Advances in Life Course Research.

Research Interests

Demography, life course, family and fertility, transition to adulthood, comparative research, statistics, agent-based modelling.


For publications see Francesco's Google Scholar page.