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Arun Balachandran Ph.D.

Arun Balachandran, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate

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  1. Ph.D. Demography, The University of Groningen, The Netherlands, 2020
  2. Ph.D. Title: "Population Ageing in Europe and Asia: Beyond Traditional perspectives"
  3. Advisors: Prof. K S James (India), Prof. Leo van Wissen, & Prof. Fanny Janssen (Netherlands)
  4. MSc. Economics (Financial), Madras School of Economics, Chennai, India, 2013
  5. B.A. Economics, University of Kerala, Kerala, India, 2011


Arun Balachandran received his PhD in demography from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands in 2020. He did his pre-doctoral training at the Institute for Social and Economic Change, India, and has a background in the discipline of economics with a Master’s degree from the Madras School of Economics, India. He worked towards 'Population Ageing in Europe and Asia: Beyond Traditional Perspectives' during his Ph.D., where he developed new measures of population ageing for comparisons across Europe and Asia, with a particular focus on gender. His works has been published in Ageing & Society, Journal of Ageing and Health, SSM-Population Health, Economic & Political Weekly and The Lancet.

His research interests are interdisciplinary and intersects across demography, gender, population ageing, and quantitative methodology. He received the KB Pathak Memorial Award 2019 for methodological innovation in Population and Health, by Indian Association for the Study of Population. Previously, he was working with the Population Council, New Delhi. He is currently working on the WEDGE project - that evaluates measures of gender empowerment with a global focus, and the India Human Development Survey - that develops, administer and analyze different measures of social and gender empowerment.