Griffith Feeney Ph.D.

30+ years in international population. Extensive and diverse international consulting experience. Strong communication, writing, organizational and people skills. Distinguished publication record in peer-reviewed journals. Strong references.


Ph.D. in Demography from the University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California USA, 1972. Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, 1968.

Country Experience

Afghanistan, China, Ethiopia, India, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea (Republic of), Lebanon, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi), Vietnam, Zambia.

Consulting Experience

Expert AssessmentStatistical Capacity BuildingTraining Workshops & MentoringCensus Logistics & Data ProcessingCensus EvaluationPopulation Estimates & ProjectionsProject EvaluationMethodological InnovationTechnical Writing


Selected publications below. For a more complete list see

1. Expert Assessment: Statistical Products

2012 Statistics Centre Abu Dhabi. Review methodology for producing population estimates based on the 2011 census, including estimation of enumeration completeness. 2 weeks, December 2013.

2005 General Statistical Office of Vietnam. Review Population Change Survey data of 1 April 2005 and estimate provincial fertility and mortality rates. 18 days, October–November.

2004 United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). Analyze reliability of population estimates, facilitate publication before parliamentary elections. 20 days, October–November.

1995-1996 General Statistical Office, Hanoi, Vietnam. Assess and analyze Multiround Survey results. 3 weeks in August 1995 and 2 weeks in August-September 1996, UNFPA.

Expert Assessment: Statistical Capacity

2010 Ministry of Planning, Kurdistan Regional Government, Iraq. Assess preparations for the population census planned for October 2010. Two one week missions, May and September.

2009 World Bank, Lebanon Central Administration for Statistics (CAS). Assess CAS capacity to conduct a census and make recommendations for capacity building. 4 weeks, March–April.

2009 World Health Organization. Consultations on improving denominator estimates. 1st Annual Regional Conference on Immunization, Harare, Zimbabwe, 14-16 December 2009. 1 week.

2008 United Nations Population Fund. Member of 5 person mission to Kabul, Afghanistan to assess readiness for population census scheduled for August 2008. 2 weeks, June.

2003 United Nations Statistics Division. Member of five person mission to Afghanistan to explore the feasibility of a population census. 2 weeks, April–May.

2. Statistical Capacity Building

2013 Statistics South Africa. Begin development of program to develop capacity of Stats SA staff to produce thematic reports based on the 2011 population census; analyze and re-edit census data on children born, surviving, and deceased. 2 weeks, April.

2012–2013 Statistics South Africa. Building capacity of Statistics South Africa staff to analyze education data from 2011 population census. 4 weeks, December 2012–January 2013.

2010 Central Statistics Administration (CSA) of Ethiopia. Build CSA staff competencies in census management, processing, and analysis; with Census DP Advisor. 8 weeks, March–April.

2010 Malawi National Statistical Office (UNFPA). Work with teams of national consultants to review and finalize thematic census reports on fertility and nuptiality, mortality, migration, and the elderly. Two missions, 7 weeks total, July–October.

2005 United Nations Population Fund Afghanistan Country Office. Identify candidates for Chief Technical Advisor for population census and facilitate UNFPA country office role in supporting Phase II of the census. 12 weeks, August–November.

2004 Department of Civil Registration, Government of Kenya. Develop implementation plan for inclusion in the World Bank STATCAP project. 3 weeks, January-February. World Bank.

2003–2004 United Nations Statistics Division. Support Pakistani experts producing monograph on 1998 Population Census. 5 months. UNFPA, Pakistan Institute for Development Economics.

3. Training Workshops & Mentoring

2014 UNFPA Afghanistan. Develop and present two week training workshop on indirect estimation of fertility and mortality for staff of Central Statistical Office. Objective: Develop capacity of CSO staff to produce fertility and mortality chapters of reports on the provincial socio-demographic and economic surveys being taken by the CSO. 17 May - 02 June.

2013 World Health Organization. Teach material on assessing and improving target population estimates based on draft guidelines, WHO European Regional Workshop on Immunization Data and Information Systems, Istanbul, Turkey, 16–18 April 2013, 7 days.

2011 World Health Organization. Workshop to introduce regional WHO staff and national EPI staff to methods to improve target population estimates; make recommendations for further development based on participant feedback. Bangkok, 1 week, December.

2010 United Nations Statistics Division and Malawi National Statistical Office. Present 4 day workshop on analyzing census data on fertility and nuptiality. 8 days, July, Blantyre, Malawi.

2009 United Nations Population Division. Census Analysis Workshop in Beirut, Lebanon. Present sessions on the analysis of errors in census age-sex distributions. 1 week, December.

2009 Institute for Community and Public Health (ICPH), Birzeit University, Palestine. Present intensive demographic and census analysis workshop. 7 days, November–December.

2009 Mongolia National Statistical Office. Review 2008 National Reproductive Health Survey demographic indicators, teach 3 day training in demographic methods. 10 days, June, UNFPA.

2008 Institute for Community and Public Health, Birzeit University, Ramallah, Palestine. Present intensive course in demographic methods for institute students and faculty. 1 week, November.

1994 China State Statistical Bureau, Beijing and Hang Zhou, China. Teach workshop on birth history reconstruction. 1 month, November-December, UN Statistics Division.

1990--1991 General Statistical Office (GSO), Hanoi, Vietnam. Present training workshops on the analysis of 1989 population census results to GSO staff. 3 missions, 10 weeks total, UNFPA.

4. Census Logistics & Data Processing

2011–2012 Zambia Central Statistical Office (DFID). Advise and support the CSO in data processing quality assurance, planning census tabulations, and producing analytical and thematic reports. Six months, July 2011–March 2012.

2010 Zambia Central Statistical Office (DFID). Advise and support the CSO on logistics of returning 25,000 boxes of census questionnaires from the field and organizing questionnaire storage and data capture. 18 weeks, October 2010 to February 2011.

2002–2003 International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP). Redesign IUSSP website to improve maintainability and prepare for future development. 1 month, October 2002 to March 2003.

2002 United Nations Population Division. Develop process to reduce update time for the Population, Resources, Environment and Development database. 3 months, October–December.

2001 United Nations Population Division. Redesign Population Information Network “POPIN” web site 5 months, August--December.

5. Census Evaluation

2013 Instituto Nacional Estatistica of Chile. Team leader, International Commission on the 2012 Population and Housing Census of Chile (Griffith Feeney, Roberto Bianchini and Rajendra Singh). 8 weeks, September-November 2013. Report of the International Commission on the 2012 Population and Housing Census of Chile.

2012 Statistics South Africa. Evaluation of the 2011 population census of South Africa, including procedures followed, the post-enumeration survey (PES), and demographic estimates of total population and age distribution. 12 weeks, July–November 2012.

6. Population Estimates & Projections

2006 United Nations Population Division. Assess demographic trends and prepare estimates and projections for selected countries. 3 months, October–December.

2000 United Nations Population Division. Produce estimates and projections for 25 countries for World Population Prospects, 2000 round. Develop methodological tools to facilitate and improve this work. 6 1/2 months, September 1998 to March 1999.

1999 United Nations Population Division. Draft report on long range population projections. 6 weeks, July-August.

1998 Population Projections for Nepal: 1996-2016 Volume I: National and Urban Projections. Katmandu, Nepal: His Majesty’s Government, Ministry of Population and Environment.

7. Project Evaluation

2011 United Nations Statistics Division. Conduct final evaluation of 5 year project to develop statistical capacity in SADC region countries. 1 month, February–May.

8. Methodological Innovation

2012 World Health Organization. Develop methodology for estimating and produce estimates of numbers of males and females at single years of age from 5–74 for each year from 2010-2020. 1 week, December 2012.

2011 World Health Organization. Develop methodology for estimating annual numbers of persons by single year of age, produce estimates for all countries. Two weeks, August.

2011 World Health Organization. Develop methods and materials for assessing and improving immunization target population estimates. Two weeks, April, Geneva.

2010 World Health Organization. Develop methods and materials to evaluate and improve quality of sub-national estimates of age-specific population, Geneva, 2 weeks, February.

2009 World Health Organization. Develop model to produce consistent annual estimates of target populations for immunization for 2000–2009 and visit WHO–AFRO in Brazzaville to discuss steps for improvement of target population estimates. 4 weeks, August–September.

2009 World Health Organization, Develop methods to improve target population estimates for immunization-vaccination monitoring. 5 weeks, February–May.

2006 United Nations Population Division. Develop methodology for estimating and projecting population by age, sex and rural-urban residence and for analyzing demographic components of urban growth. 4 1/2 months, February–June.

2004 United Nations Population Fund, New York Headquarters. Ascertain UNFPA's program information needs taking into account existing information materials. 6 weeks, June–July.

1999 United Nations AIDS Program. Develop demographic-epidemiological model for projecting HIV/AIDS, with Basia Zaba. 5 weeks, November–December.

9. Technical Writing: Reports, Handbooks, Guidelines

2013 World Health Organization. Revise draft WHO guidelines for improving target population estimates for immunization coverage. 6 weeks, September-December 2013.

2012 World Health Organization. Draft guidelines for Improving Target Population Estimates for Immunization for use by national and local immunization authorities in WHO member countries. Five weeks, May–July 2012.

2002 United Nations Population Division. Rapporteur and write final report of the Expert Group Meeting on Completing the Fertility Transition. Redesign Population Division web site to improve organization and graphic design. 3 months, March–May. Available at Completing the Fertility Transition.

2000–2001 United Nations Statistics Division. Write Handbook on the Collection of Fertility and Mortality Data. 7 1/2 months, September 2000 to May 2001. Available at the United Nations Statistics Division website, Handbooks, Guidelines and Training Manuals in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

2002 Write Methods for Estimating Adult Mortality, ESA/P/WP.175, United Nations, New York. Available at

1995 Myanmar Department of Immigration and Manpower, Yangon, Myanmar and Honolulu. Draft final report for Population Changes and Fertility Survey 1991. 3 months, March-May, UNFPA.

Selected Publications

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2011. Mortality tempo: A guide for the skeptic. Comparative Population Studies – Zeitschrift für Bevölkerungswissenschaft 35:483-496.

2006. Increments to life and mortality tempo, Demographic Research 14(2):27-456.

2006. The quantum and tempo of life-style events. John Bongaarts and Griffith Feeney, Pp. 115-151 in Volume 2006 of the Vienna Yearbook of Population Research.

2003. Estimating mean lifetime. John Bongaarts and Griffith Feeney. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 100(23):13127-13133.

2003. “Data Assessment”, “Lexis diagrams”, and “Population Momentum”, entries in the International Encyclopedia of Population, ed. Paul Demeny and Geoffrey McNicoll, Macmillan and Company, New York.

2002. How Long Do We Live? John Bongaarts and Griffith Feeney. Population and Development Review 28(1):13-29 (March).

2001. The Impact of HIV/AIDS on Adult Mortality in Zimbabwe. Population and Development Review 27(4):771-780.

2001. Population in East Asia. Griffith Feeney and Andrew Mason. In Population Change and Economic Development in East Asia : Challenges met, opportunities seized, ed. by Andrew Mason. Stanford University Press, Stanford, California, USA.

1998 On the quantum and tempo of fertility, John Bongaarts and Griffith Feeney. Population and Development Review 24(2): 271-291.

1994. Fertility decline in East Asia. Science 266 (2 December): 1518-1523.

1994. Below replacement fertility in China? A close look at recent evidence. Griffith Feeney and Yuan Jianhua. Population Studies 48:381-394.

1993. Parity progression and birth intervals in China: The influence of policy in hastening fertility decline. Griffith Feeney and Wang Feng. Population and Development Review 19(1):61-101.

1991. Fertility decline in Taiwan: A study using parity progression ratios. Demography 28(3):467-479.

1990. One-child families or a baby boom? Evidence from China's 1987 one-per-hundred survey. Norman Y. Luther, Griffith Feeney, and Zhang Weimin. Population Studies 44:(2):341-357.

1989. Recent fertility dynamics in China: Results from the 1987 one percent population survey. Griffith Feeney, Feng Wang, Mingkun Zhou, and Baoyu Xiao. Population and Development Review 15(2):297-322.

1987. Period parity progression ratio measures of fertility in China. Griffith Feeney and Jingyuan Yu. Population Studies 41(3):77-102.

1985. “Children ever born and children surviving” and “Child survivorship estimation” entries in the Dictionary of Demography, ed. Chris Wilson. Basil Blackwell, Oxford.

1984. Analyzing open birth interval distributions. Griffith Feeney and John A. Ross. Population Studies 38(3):473-478.

1983. A microprocessor revolution in data collection? Asian and Pacific Census Forum 19(1):1, 13.

1983. Population dynamics based on birth intervals and parity progression. Population Studies 37(1):75-89.

1980. Estimating infant mortality rates from child survivorship data. Population Studies 34(1):102-128.

1976. Estimating infant mortality rates from child survivorship data by age of mother. Asian and Pacific Census Newsletter 3(2):12-16.

1973. Two models for multiregional population dynamics. Environment and Planning 5:31-43.

1971. Comment on a proposition of H. Le Bras. Theoretical Population Biology 2(1):122-123.

1970. Stable age by region distributions. Demography 7(3):341-348.

Last updated 6 June 2014