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José Manuel Aburto

Postdoctoral research associate, University of Southern Denmark

José Manuel is Newton International Fellow at the department of Sociology and the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science at University of Oxford, and research associate at the Interdisciplinary Centre on Population Dynamics at the University of Southern Denmark. His research focuses on the development of methodology to understand how populations and individuals survive to higher ages. He has published research in the field of Demography to gain new perspectives on lifespan inequality in Denmark, Sweden and other developed countries, Central and Eastern Europe and Latin America. His research has been published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Demography, Population Studies and Demographic Research. He also has led substantial research documenting the effects of the surge of violence on reversing life expectancy improvements in Latin America. His findings have been published in Health Affairs, American Journal of Public Health, International Journal of Epidemiology, BMJ Global Health among others, and reported by major news outlets.


  • 2015–present
    Guest researcher, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research
  • –present
    PhD Candidate, Interdisciplinary Center on Population Dynamics, University of Southern Denmark