Orsola Torrisi

Social demographer

New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD)

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)



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I am a Postdoctoral Associate in the Division of Social Science at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD). I will join the Department of Sociology at McGill University as an Assistant Professor of Social Demography in August 2024.

I obtained my Ph.D. in Demography/Population Studies in 2022 from the Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where I remain an affiliate scholar. Previously, I was an Honorary Visiting Researcher at the Center for Demography and Ecology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. I attended the 2018-19 European Doctoral School of Demography (EDSD) at the Max Plank Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) and the University of Southern Denmark (SDU).

My research focuses on the demography of crises and violence. I am particularly interested in issues of family formation, sexual and reproductive health in contexts affected by armed conflict and disasters. Part of my research examines the consequences of armed violence on other forms of violence, including intimate partner violence and obstetric mistreatment. More recently, I started to work on topics related to measurement, vital registration and on the development of new data collection methods to measure demographic outcomes where data are scarce.

My work is interdisciplinary. I combine theoretical approaches from demography, sociology, economics, and development studies with standard demographic, causal and spatial methods. I focus largely on low- and middle-income settings. 

My research has been published in Population and Development Review, World Development, Science Advances, Population Research & Policy Review, Journal of Marriage and Family, European Journal of Population, Genus and Field Methods. 

I am a member of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP), the British Society for Population Studies (BSPS), the Population Association of America (PAA), the Italian Association for Population Studies (AISP), the Population Health in Armed Conflict (PHAC) and the Households in Conflict Networks (HiCN).

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