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Suzana Cavenaghi

Independent researcher
Independent Researcher
Country of residence:

Nationality: Brazil
Gender: F

Member since: 2005
Membership No: 22396
Membership Type: regular

Council Member
2018 - 2020
Council liaison for:
Field of Study: Demography, Population and Development, Statistics

Specialization: Data Collection and Processing, Families and Households, Fertility, Gender Roles-Differentials, Population and Development, Reproductive Health (Family Planning), Spatial Analysis (and Geographic Information)

Regional focus: Latin America and the Caribbean

Education: Doctorate (Ph.D, MD) , 1999 , University of Texas at Austin , Demography

Working languages: Portuguese (Brazil) , English , Spanish

Other association membership in population or related fields: Latin American Population Association (ALAP), Population Association of America (PAA)

Curriculum Vitae:

Professional Summary:

Suzana Cavenaghi has a Ph.D. and Master’s Degree in Sociology/Demography from the University of Texas at Austin; specialization in Demography from CELADE; graduation in Statistics and Applied Mathematics from the State University of Campinas. Former researcher and professor at National School of Statistical Science (ENCE/ IBGE) from 2005-2019. Former board council member of ABEP (2001-2004), board council member of the ALAP (2004-2008), ALAP’s president (2009-2010). Post-Graduation Program Coordinator at ENCE/IBGE (2011-2015), Editor of the Brazilian Journal on Population Studies - REBEP (2013-2016). Former ABEP's representative at the Brazilian National Commission of Population and Development. Board council member of IUSSP from 2018-2021. Currently consulting council member of ALAP and the Brazilian 2022 Census Commission. Main areas of interest are reproductive health, fertility, family and gender studies, population and health, statistical demography, spatial statistics, geo-processing in demography, data bases and social indicators, and public policies analysis and evaluation. 

 Detailed CV in Portuguese:


Schmertmann, Carl P. ; Cavenaghi, S. M. ; Assunção, Renato M. Potter, Joseph E.Bayes plus Brass: Estimating total fertility for many small areas from sparse census data.  Population Studies: A Journal of Demography,  DOI:10.1080/00324728.2013.795602, 2013.


Cavenaghi, S. M. (Org.) . Estimaciones y proyecciones de población en América Latina: desafios de una agenda pendiente. Serie e-Investigaciones N.2, 1. ed. Rio de Janeiro: ALAP, 2012. v. 1. 278p


Cavenaghi, S. M. ; Alves, José Eustaquio Diniz. Diversity of childbearing behaviour in the context of below-replacement fertility in Brazil. In: Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division. (Org.). Population Division Expert Paper Series. New York: United Nations, 2011, v. 8, p. 1-30. 


Potter, Joseph E. ; Schmertmann, Carl P. ; Assunção, Renato M. ; Cavenaghi, S. M. . Mapping the Timing, Pace, and Scale of the Fertility Transition in Brazil. Population and Development Review, v. 36, p. 283-307, 2010.


Cavenaghi, S. M. (Org.) . Demographic transformations and inequalities in Latin America: historical trends and recent patterns. 1. ed. Rio de Janeiro: ALAP, 2009. v. 1. 392p .


Schmertmann, Carl P ; POTTER, Joseph E ; Cavenaghi, S. M. . Exploratory Analysis of Spatial Patterns in Brazil's Fertility Transition. Population Research and Policy Review, v. 1, p. 34-50, 2008.

Honorary or professional positions and awards:
Member of the Consulting Commission of the Demographic Census, Brazilian Institution of Geography and Statistics, Brazil - 2019-current
Member of the Consulting Committee of the Latin American Population Association (2012-present)
Member: Scientific Review Board, Latin American Population Journal (2010-present)
IUSSP council member for the Latin American Region (2018-2021)
Member of the Brazilian Commission on Population and Development (CNPD) - 2015-2018
Editor Editor of the Brazilian Journal of Population Studies (REBEP) - (2013-2016)
Coordinator of the PhD Program at ENCE/IBGE (2011-2015)
Member: UNFPA - NGO Advisory Panel (2010-2012)
Member: People and the Planet Group (2011-2012)
President, vice-presidente and General Secretary: Latin American Population Association-ALAP (2006-2011)
Treasurer: Brazilian Population Association-ABEP (2002-2005)

Research grants:
CNPq, Mapping Fertility in Brazil in 2010. Year 2012-2013.

Brazilian Special Secretary for female Policies (Secretaria Especial de Políticas para as Mulheres). Project on Women's participation in the electoral process of 2010 in Brazil: Bertha Lutz Consortium. 2010-2011.

CAPES. Procad - Cooperation between Brazilian PhD. Demography Programs at University of Campinas and National School of Statistical Science. 2005-2009.

Several grants (UNFPA, Ford Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, MacArthur Found, PAA, etc. ) for organizing Conferences and Seminars.