Francesco Billari is Professor of Demography and Rector of the Bocconi University since November 2022, after his service as Dean of the Faculty. He worked at the University of Oxford (Department of Sociology, where he also served as Head of Department) and Nuffield College (where he was a Professorial Fellow), and at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (Head of the Independent Research Group on the Demography of Early Adulthood).
His main interests are fertility and family change, the transition to adulthood, life course analysis, population forecasting, digitalization and demography, and comparative surveys. He has published in scientific journals in demography, economics, epidemiology and public health, geography, sociology, and statistics. He has worked in a number of international projects, and currently the PI of an European Research Council Advanced Grant.
He served as President and Secretary-General/Treasurer of the European Association for Population Studies, and received the 'Clogg Award' from the Population Association of America in 2012. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, and an Affiliate of the Population Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania.