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Clifford Odimegwu

Teaching, Research, Community Service And Administration
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Country of residence:
South Africa

Nationality: Nigeria , South Africa
Gender: M

Member since: 2013
Membership No: 21375
Membership Type: regular

Field of Study: Demography, Population and Development, Public Health/ Epidemiology, Sociology, Statistics , Sociology, Public Health

Specialization: Children and Youth, Families and Households, Fertility, HIV/AIDS and STI's, Marriage, Divorce and Consensual Unions, Mortality, Health, and Longevity, Population and Development, Reproductive Health (Family Planning), Social Demography, Training, Documentation, Information , Public Health; Social Statistics

Regional focus: Sub-Saharan Africa

Education: Doctorate (Ph.D, MD) , 95 , OAU , Demography

Working languages: English , English , English , French

Other association membership in population or related fields: International Statistical Institute (ISI), Population Association of America (PAA), Union for African Population Studies (UAPS) , Pppulation Association of Southern Africa

Professional Summary:

 Educated in Nigeria and USA, he has expertise in demography, public health and social statistics, with 22 years of experience in teaching and research; the pioneer head of Demography and Population Studies Programme, Wits University; Editor-in-Chief of African Population Studies; Assistant Editor, African Journal of Reproductive Health. He  has supervised twelve PhD students to completion, 45 Masters and more than 80 Honors students in the past 10 years.  I have more than 100 journal publications; co-edited two books,"Continuity and Change in sub-Saharan Africa", and "Social Demography of South Africa: Advances and Emerging issues". His current research focus is on new methods for understanding African demography and family transition. My research interest covers formal demography, sexual and reproductive health; family demography etc.My current project is understanding family demography in sub-saharan Africa . I consult for a number of international organisations.


         I.                J.O. Akinyemi, S.A. Adedini and C.O. Odimegwu (2017): Individual v. Community-level measures of women’s decision-making involvement and child survival in Nigeria. South Africa Journal of Child Health Vol 11(1): 26-32

       II.                Clifford Odimegwu, Makinde OA, OlaOlorun F (2017): A unique opportunity to use football to improve birth registration completeness in Nigeria. British Journal of Sports Medicine (in press).

     III.                Clifford Odimegwu, Vesper Chisumpa and Seyi Somefun (2017): Adult Mortality in sub-Saharan Africa using 2001-2009 census data: does estimation method matter?, Genus (In press)

     IV.                Clifford Odimegwu and Sunday Adedini (2017): The role of community structure in shaping African fertility patterns: evidence from Demographic and health surveys. Journal of Biosoial Science (in press).

       V.                 Makinde, OA, Onyemelukwe, C, Onigbajo-Williams, A, Oydeiran, KA and Odimegwu, CO (2017): Rejection of the Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill in Nigeria: a setback for Sustainable Development Goal Five. Gender in Management [in press]

Honorary or professional positions and awards:
Wits University Supervision Award in recognition of outstanding contribution to postgraduate supervision, March 2015
Wits Faculty of Health Sciences Award on Exceptional Leadership in Research 2013
CODESRIA Diasporan Visiting Professorship Award to assist in curriculum development of Demography Dept of Federal University Birnin-Kebbi, Nigeria, 2016
Institute of International Education Award to attend and participate in the Population Association of America Annual Conference, Washington DC, 2016
Wits University Supervision Award in recognition of outstanding contribution to postgraduate supervision, March 2015

Takemi Fellowship in International Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA [2001-2003].
Rockefeller Foundation Graduate studies Fellowship Award [1990-1995]

Research grants:
MacArthur Foundation for Leadership Development Award [1999-2001]
Council for Social and Economic Research in Africa Award for Doctoral Dissertation [1994-1995]
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