Ron Lesthaeghe#

Ron Lesthaeghe
Membership Number:1360
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:BELGIUM

Present and Previous Positions

  • 1998 - present Chairperson, Teaching & Research Group in Applied Social Research (Vakgroep Sociaal Onderzoek), Vrije Universiteit Brussels
  • 1989 - 1991 Dean, Faculty of Economics, Social and Political Sciences, Solvay Business School
  • 1986 - 1988 Director, Centrum voor Sociologie, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • 1977 - present Professor, Social Sciences Research Methods & Demography; Director "Interuniversity Programme in Demography", subsequently "Interface Demography", Vrije Universiteit, Brussels
  • 1975 - 1976 (concurrent with Population Council appointment) Visiting Senior Research Associate, Human Resources Unit, University of Lagos
  • 1975 - 1976 Co-representative for Programmes in Central, Western & Northern Africa, The Population Council, New York
  • 1971 - 1977 Lecturer in Social Science Research Methods, Vrije Universiteit, Brussels
  • 1970 Research Assistant, Center for Population & Family Studies (CBGS), Ministry of Public Health, Brussels
  • 1967 - 1968 Teaching Assistant in Statistics, Social Science Research Methods, Brown University, Providence,R.I., U.S.A.

Fields of Scholarship
  • Historical demography
  • Social demography
  • Economic demography
  • Cultural change in Europe
  • Ethnic minorities studies

Honours and Awards
  • 2008 Laureate, International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP)
  • Irene Taueber Award, awarded biennially ‘in recognition of an unusually original and important contribution to the scientific study of population or an accumulated record of exceptionally sound and innovative research’ by the Population Association of America (PAA) and the Office of Population Research of Princeton University, April 2003
  • Ranked among the most influential demographers in the world in the period 1950-2000 by respondents in the survey of professional demographers worldwide conducted in 2000 in the context of an international study of demography as a scientific discipline (rank 10).*
  • Ernest Solvay Prize, awarded to a single person every five years by the FWO (Belgian Science Foundation) for outstanding scientific career and contributions in the social sciences and humanities, 2005.
  • nominated by the Council of the International Union of the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) as candidate for the IUSSP presidency, 2006-2010 ( elections in the fall of 2004)

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