Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: Msc Applied Mathematics and Social Sciences
Research Areas: Mortality, longevity, life expectancy, older adults, sub-Saharan Africa, cause-of-death
Soumaila completed his PhD in Demography at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne while hosted at the French institute for demographic studies (INED, France). He is interested in African demography in general. More specifically, He focuses on mortality studies, especially the mortality of older adults, which has received very little attention in the field. In this regard, His PhD is dedicated to estimating the levels and trends of mortality of this population segment in sub-Saharan Africa by crossing various data sources. His future research agenda includes improving data quality and estimates at older ages as well as on causes of death in sub-Saharan Africa and other areas where data are deficient. Before starting his PhD, Soumaila completed a master's degree in applied mathematics and social sciences at Aix-Marseille University and a European postgraduate research certificate of demography as an advanced joint pre-doctoral training program from the European Doctoral School of Demography. He is currently working on the age verification of older adults using parish registers in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. In addition, he and his postdoctoral supervisor raised interest in measuring mortality in emergency situations such as those related to terrorist attacks and forced population movements in Burkina Faso in recent years.