Richard Bilsborrow is an economist-demographer with extensive experience designing and directing migration, poverty, fertility, and economic surveys at the household and community levels throughout the developing world. Dr. Bilsborrow is Research Professor of Biostatistics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Fellow of the Carolina Population Center, and Adjunct Professor in the Departments of City and Regional Planning, Ecology, Economics, and Geography.

Recent and ongoing research projects include:

  1. Methodological aspects of designing, conducting and analyzing surveys of international migration in the Middle East, CIS States, Latin America, and Sub-Saharan Africa;
  2. Determinants and consequences of internal migration in developing nations, and linkages with development and the environment;
  3. Impacts of Payments for Ecosystem services programs on migration and livelihoods of farm households in China;
  4. Demographic and other factors influencing land-use and deforestation and implications for the environment and sustainable development, notably in the Ecuadorian and Peruvian Amazon.

He has a PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan and a Certificate in Demography from Princeton University where he was a postdoc.

In 1997-98 Mr. Bilsborrow was a Hofstee Fellow at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute in The Hague, conducting research on the Push-Pulls Project with Eurostat that designed surveys to collect and analyse data on international migration in five developing countries of origin and two European countries of destination. He has consulted widely with the United Nations Population Division and Statistical Division, the International Labour Office, the World Bank, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization, UNDP, and environmental organizations on population, international migration, and development including poverty measurement.