Visiting researchers

Photo of Dr. Vissého Adjiwanou

   January 2015 - April 2015
   Prof. Thomas LeGrand
   Département de démographie
   Université de Montréal



Thomas LeGrand is a full professor at the Département de démographie at the Université de Montréal, where he was the Director from 2010-2014. He is currently (2014-2018) the Vice President of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP/UIESP) and will serve as its President-elect from 2018-2021. His research addresses major population issues in developing countries including fertility, transitions to adulthood, support for the elderly, and determinants of health for children. His most recent work has investigated the effects of fertility decline on youth education and employment in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. He has held and participated in major grants from a variety of sources including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the government of France, and SSHRC. Prof. LeGrand has publications in leading population journals including Demography, Demographic Research, Social Science and Medicine and Urban Studies. For more details, see his Université de Montréal profile.

Photo of Dr. Vissého Adjiwanou

   December 2014 - January 2015
   Dr. Vissého Adjiwanou
   Centre for Actuarial Research
   University of Cape Town



Vissého Adjiwanou is a lecturer at the Demography program of the Centre for Actuarial Research at the University of Cape Town. He completed his Ph.D. in 2013 at the Université de Montréal's Démographie department, where he received the Best Doctoral Student prize.  His doctoral research used a cross-national, comparative approach to examine the relationships among gender inequalities and maternal health behaviours. In a second series of studies, he examines social inequalities in health and education in sub-Saharan Africa. With colleagues from Université de Montréal and the Institut Supérieur des Sciences de la Population (ISSP), he investigated the effects of social inequalities related to within-household differential access of children to education. He is currently extending this work to examine how social inequalities are linked to child mortality. A third area of interest focuses on family dynamics and sexual behaviour among youth in Canada and South Africa. In one study, he examined relationships between family dynamics and youth sexual behaviour using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (NLSCY). With data from the Cape Area Panel Study, he has recently conducted research on patterns of family transition, peer networks and sexual behaviour among young people. During his visit at the CPD, he will extend these two projects to investigate the mechanisms behind family dynamics, and specifically, family disturbances on children and youth health and behaviour. In much of his work Dr. Adjiwanou uses structural equation modelling approaches, including sequential, survival and multilevel analyses.

Dr. Adjiwanou's work has been published in Social Science & Medicine, Health and Place, Studies in Family Planning, Demographic Research and the Cahiers québécois de démographie. For more details, see his Dr. Adjiwanou's Research Gate profile.



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