IAS Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor: Eshetu Gurmu

19 May - 3 August 2013

Eshetu Gurmu is an Assistant Professor of Population Studies at the Center for Population Studies of Addis Ababa University. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the Addis Ababa University in 1986, his Master of Science in Demography from same university in 1994 and his PhD in Anthropology from University College London in the United Kingdom, in 2005 (funded by the United Nations Family Planning Association).

Dr Gurmu has research expertise and publications in the area of demographic anthropology, focusing on interdisciplinary approaches to marriage, migration, adolescent reproductive behaviour, as well as children’s education. He has led and participated in numerous national and international training workshops, seminars and conferences to build technical and theoretical understandings of the anthropology and demography in Sub-Saharan Africa. These include statistical application for demographers; research methodology; techniques of population analysis; migration and urbanization as well as the management of reproductive health/family planning programs.

Dr Gurmu has played a critical role in the development of post-graduate training at Addis Ababa University, introducing the first PhD programme in Development Studies. This visionary step ensures that graduates, highly trained in Development Studies, are on the ground in this developing country. Currently Dr Gurmu is serving as Associate Dean of Graduate Programs for Social Sciences and Humanities, School of Graduate Studies of Addis Ababa University. He also served as Coordinator of the Centre for Population Studies between 1998 and 2001 as well as 2008-2010. He is currently is actively participating and developing a series of research projects with academics in US and the UK.

For further information on Dr Gurmu's visit, please contact Dr Mhairi Gibson.