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Em. Prof. Robert Cliquet

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Senior advisor


  • Ph.D. Biological Anthropology
  • M.Sc. Biology

Professional experience:

  • Emeritus professor of the University of Ghent, Department of Population Studies
  • Honorary director general of the Population and Family Study Centre (CBGS), Brussels
  • Expert and evaluator for the European Commission and Chair of panels
  • Senior advisor to Population and Social Policy Consultants, Brussels
  • Directed or participated in several international research projects in particular in the domain of population and family development and policy
  • Organized several population surveys on reproductive and relational behaviour
  • Initiator of the Fertility and Family Survey in Europe for which he drafted the theoretical framework (UN ECE)
  • One of the founders of the monograph series European Studies of Population
  • As a consultant to the United Nations and governmental expert, was involved in the preparation of the UN world population conferences in 1974, 1984 and 1994.
  • Acted as chairman of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development in 1999
  • Chaired the European Population Committee (CAHP) of the Council of Europe from 2000 to 2002
  • Published close to 200 scientific papers and several books on population and family issues and on global and regional population policy issues

Selected publications:

  • Cliquet, R. (2003), Population Trends and their Sensibility to Policy Measures. Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population, Parliamentary Assembly, Council of Europe. Strasbourg: Council of Europe.
  • Avramov, D., R. Cliquet (2003), Economy of Time and Population Policy: Rethinking the 20th Century Life Course Paradigm in the Light of Below-replacement Fertility. Zeitschrift für Bevölkerungs-wissenschaft, 28, 2-4, 905-938.
  • Cliquet, R. (2003), Major Trends Affecting Families in the New Millennium: Western Europe and North America. In: United Nations, Major Trends Affecting Familiesz. A Background Document. Prepared by the Programme on the Family. New York: United Nations, pp. 1-26.
  • Cliquet, R. (2000), Generations and Gender Programme: Synthesis and Assessment of the Documentation and the Discussions. In: United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and United Nations Population Fund. Exploring Future Research and Data Collection Options. New York and Geneva: United Nations, pp. 145-166.
  • Cliquet, R. (1998), Below-Replacement Fertility and Gender Politics. In: A. Somit, S.A. Peterson, V.S.E. Falger, P. Meyer , J.M.G. Van der Dennen (Eds.), Sociobiology and Politics. Research in Biopolitics, Vol. 6. Stamford, Conn.: JAI Press, pp. 91-118.
  • Cliquet, R. K. Thienpont (1995), Population and Development: A Message from the Cairo Conference. Dordrecht, Boston, London: Kluwer Academic Publishers