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Marwan Khawaja

Chief, Demographic and Social Statistics Section, UN-ESCWA.


Marwan Khawaja (Prof.) is Chief, Demographic and Social Statistics Section, UN-ESCWA. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University. He was Professor and the founding Director of the Center for Research on Population and Health at the American University of Beirut, and served on the faculty of Syracuse University, Birzeit University and Yale University. He was a co-founder and vice President of the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, an elected Council member of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) from 2010-2013, founding member of the Arab Council of Social Sciences and the Middle East Health Policy Forum. His current research interests revolve around social determinants of health, Arab demography, forced migration/refugees, conflict and public health, and domestic violence. He has published extensively on these topics, and his work appeared in Population Studies, the Lancet, Population, Journal of Population Research, Social Forces, Sociological Forum, Social Science Research, Social Science and Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Health Policy and Planning, International Migration, and Economic Development and Cultural Change among others. His recent co-edited (with I. Nuwayhid, S. Jabbour and Rita Giacaman) a book entitled Public Health in the Arab World for Cambridge University Press (2012), a Special issue of the journals Violence Against Women on Gender Based Violence in the Middle East (2013) and Global Public Health on Violent Conflict and Population Health in the Middle East and North Africa (2011). He is also serving on the editorial board of the forthcoming volume, Handbook of Asian Demography.