Orsola Torrisi

Social demographer

London School of Economics and Political Science

New York University Abu Dhabi

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I am a doctoral student in Demography/Population Studies at the Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and I have recently joined the Division of Social Science at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) as a Post-doctoral Associate. Previously, I was an Honorary Visting Researcher at the Center for Demography and Ecology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and in 2018, I attended the European Doctoral School of Demography (EDSD) as an Associate of 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, fertility and population change in contexts affected by armed conflict and disasters. Part of my doctoral project also examines the consequences of armed violence on the perpetuation of violence within the home and intimate relationships.


My work is interdisciplinary. I combine theoretical approaches from demography, economics, development studies and sociology with standard demographic, causal and spatial methods. I focus on low- and middle-income settings, particularly in the South Caucasus and Central Asia. I also have research interests and experience in the Middle East Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa.


With my research, I aim to expand and advance knowledge on how crises and uncertainty due to violence affect family formation decision-making in unstable settings and, hence, in often under-studied populations. You can read more of my work in Population and Development Review, the European Journal of Population and the Journal of Marriage and Family.


I obtained two Master's degrees (MSc) from the LSE - one in Demography (2016) and one in Social Research Methods (2017) - and a BA in Political Economy (2015) from King's College London. 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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