Sofiane Bouhdiba

Sofiane Bouhdiba © ASC LeidenSofiane Bouhdiba, PhD in Demography, University of Tunis, Tunisia, was born in Tunis on 12 April 1968. Since 1999 he teaches Demography in the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences of Tunis, Tunisia. He also lectures regularly on demographic analyses and Arab Muslim demography in various universities in Western and Southern Africa, Middle East, Europe and the United States.
Sofiane Bouhdiba has specialized in research on health and mortality issues, and in particular on causes of death, epidemiological transitions and the history of epidemics. He has been involved in a number of research activities with various United Nations agencies, and in particular UNFPA and WHO. He has also conducted research with International and Non Governmental Organizations as IOM, the Ford Foundation, Trust Africa, SEPHIS, RAND or Refugee Law Project. Since 1999 he regularly participates in scientific activities around the world, dealing mainly with research issues related to mortality, but also to the specificities of the Arab Muslim demographic behavior.
Sofiane Bouhdiba is an active member of various scientific associations, among them AIDELF (Association Internationale des Démographes de Langue Française), AIMS (American Institute of Maghrebian Studies), CODESRIA (Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa), PAA (Population Association of America), IUSSP (International Union for the Scientific Study of Populations) and UAPS (Union for the African Populations Studies).
He has just published a book on urban mortality in Tunisia and is working now on a book on the history of epidemics in the colonial Tunisia (1881-1956). He has been involved in the Jasmine revolution in Tunisia and was invited by the ASC to write an article on the socio-demographic dimensions of the ‘Arab Spring’. During his research at the ASC he will also try to understand why Sub-Saharan African did not follow in the footsteps of their North African brothers.

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Prof. S. (Sofiane) Bouhdiba
Former visiting fellow
Room number: 3A16