José Manuel Aburto

PhD Candidate, Interdisciplinary Center on Population Dynamics, University of Southern Denmark

I am currently a joint doctoral fellow at the University of Southern Denmark and the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research. My PhD research focuses on the development of methodology to understand how populations and individuals (can) survive to higher ages. In particular, my growing interest in health inequalities led me to the crucial question of whether resources, when limited, should be directed to the reduction of inequalities in longevity rather than future life expectancy increases.

My published research includes a project I led on documenting the reversing gains effects of rising homicides on life expectancy and lifespan inequality in Mexico. We further quantified the expected years lived as vulnerable to becoming a victim of violence in Mexico. Beyond research undertaken on the populations of Mexico, I have studied the relationship between life expectancy and lifespan inequality in Latin American countries and during times of mortality crises and stagnation in Central and Eastern Europe.

Experience

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