Research Professor, Biostatistics; Adjunct Professor, Departments of City and Regional Planning, Economics and Geography, and Curriculum in Ecology
123 W. Franklin Street Room 3102
Richard Bilsborrow is an economist-demographer with extensive experience in population, development and environment in developing countries. He has a PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan and a postdoctoral Certificate in Demography from Princeton University. He has been at UNC for over 4 decades teaching courses on Demography, Development, Population & Environment, and Research Methods. He has consulted widely with governments of developing countries, United Nations agencies, and environmental organizations on population, international migration, poverty, and environmental issues. Current research include (1) demographic and other factors influencing land-use and deforestation and implications for the environment and sustainable development, notably in the Ecuadorian and Peruvian Amazon; (2) determinants and consequences of internal migration in developing nations, and linkages with development and the environment, including in Guatemala and China; and (3) methodological aspects of designing, conducting and analyzing household surveys. In 2012-15 he directed a USAID-supported project to create a new concentration on Amazonian populations within the MS in Ecology degree program at the excellent Universidad de San Francisco de Quito, and co-taught the first and last of the five new courses created in Spanish.