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Samir K.C.

Research Group Leader and Research Scholar

Multidimensional Demographic Modeling Research Group

Population and Just Societies Program


Samir 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