Research Group Leader and Research Scholar
Multidimensional Demographic Modeling Research Group
Population and Just Societies
BiographySamir KC joined IIASA in 2005, and is currently leader of the Multidimenional Demographic Modeling (MDM) Research Group, in the IIASA Population and Just Societies (POPJUS) Program. KC is a founding member of and Professor at the Asian Demographic Research Institute (ADRI) at Shanghai University. KC leads ADRI's research pillar on Human Capital and Development. He is also a founding member of a new initiative in Nepal called "Digital Data Systems for Development." Since 2020, KC has been affiliated with the Graduate School of Management, Kyoto University, as a 'Distinguished Visiting Professor'.
KC's primary research interests are: developing and applying multi-dimensional multi-state population models in demographic analysis and projections, focusing on modeling human capital formation (education and health) and urbanization. He has co-developed an R package (MSDem) that can simultaneously model multi-dimensional population dynamics at sub-national levels by age, sex, and educational attainment. KC has published in Science magazine (2011, 2014) and other peer-reviewed journals (e.g., GEC in 2014, PNAS in 2016 and 2018), and has co-edited and written several chapters in the book "World Population and Human Capital in the Twenty-First Century," published by Oxford University Press in 2014.
KC's master's degree in statistics is from Tribhuvan University, Nepal (1997). Subsequently, he taught university statistics in Kathmandu and worked as a biostatistician at the Nepal Health Research Council. KC received his PhD. (specialized in demography and health) from the department of spatial science at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands (2009).
Last update: 29 MAR 2021
K.C., S. & Gailey, N. (2023). Human capital futures in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus amid aging, depopulation, and high skilled emigration. IIASA Working Paper. Laxenburg, Austria: WP-23-003
Dimitrova, A., Marois, G. , Kiesewetter, G., Rafaj, P. , Pachauri, S. , K.C., S., Olmos, S., Rasella, D., & Tonne, C. (2022). Projecting the impact of air pollution on child stunting in India – synergies and trade-offs between climate change mitigation, ambient air quality control, and clean cooking access. Environmental Research Letters 17 (10) e104004. 10.1088/1748-9326/ac8e89.
Chao, F., K.C., S., & Ombao, H. (2022). Estimation and probabilistic projection of levels and trends in the sex ratio at birth in seven provinces of Nepal from 1980 to 2050: a Bayesian modeling approach. BMC Public Health 22 (1) e358. 10.1186/s12889-022-12693-0.
Wu, J., K.C., S., & Luy, M. (2022). The Gender Gap in Life Expectancy in Urban and Rural China, 2013–2018. Frontiers in Public Health 10 10.3389/fpubh.2022.749238.