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Parfait M. Eloundou-Enyegue


Parfait Martial Eloundou-Enyegue’s research agenda broadly addresses the interrelationships between population, social change, and sustainable development. Under this general theme, his current projects study the effects of contemporary demographic changes on global inequality, education, youth employment, health, food security and internal conflicts. Professor Eloundou-Enyegue’s methodological work advances the use of decomposition methods to reconcile micro-and macro-traditions in quantitative sociological research and to understand the sources of social change. 

He has taught across multiple continents, mostly Africa, North America, and Asia, and has extensive experience with field research and policy communication. The Associate Director of the Cornell Population Center, Professor Eloundou-Enyegue has won teaching and prestigious research awards from the Population Association of America and from the Comparative International Education Society; and has received the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Awards from the College of Agriculture at the Pennsylvania State University.  

He has consulted with the United Nations, the World Bank and USAID, and has worked on the Board of Directors of several professional associations and institutions, including the Population Association of America, the Population Reference Bureau, the Guttmacher Institute, and the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population.  He recently was a member of an independent group of 15 scientists nominated by the UN’s Secretary General Panel to draft the first quadrennial report of the report on Sustainable Development Goals.

Prior to coming to Cornell, he was affiliated with the RAND Corporation and earned a doctorate in Demography and Sociology from the Pennsylvania State University and an advanced degree in Agricultural Economics and Development Sociology from Cameroon.