Jean-François Kobiané is a faculty member and Director of the Higher Institute of Population Sciences (ISSP) at the University of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso). He holds a PhD in demography from the Catholic University of Leuven/Belgium (2002), a master’s degree in demography from the Institute of Demographic Training and Research (IFORD) in Yaoundé/Cameroon and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Ouagadougou (1991). He worked at Burkina Faso’s National Institute of Statistics and Demography (INSD) from 1993 to 1996 and was a postdoctoral fellow with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in the Department of Demography at the Université de Montréal from 2003 to 2006. He became the President of the Union for African Population Studies (UEPA) in December 2011.
His main research interests include the ties between family dynamics, poverty, work, children’s schooling, outcomes for orphans, young people and the transition to adulthood in Africa. One of his current research projects, in collaboration with the Université de Montréal’s Department of Demography and UMR-CEPED (France), focuses on “Consequences of fertility strategies and household composition on child labor and schooling in urban environments in Burkina Faso”.