Jeanne Cilliers

Jeanne Cilliers

Researcher, Associate Professor

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My research lies at the intersection between economic history and historical demography, with a focus on Africa, and aims to understand the interplay between population dynamics and socioeconomic development in former colonial societies. My expertise is in working with large historical demographic databases. I currently divide my time between two projects: The origins of health inequalities in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1900-1960, and The establishment, growth, and legacy of a settler colony: Quantitative panel studies of the political economy of Cape Colony.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

UKÄ subject classification

  • Economic History

Free keywords

  • Historical demography
  • Longitudinal studies
  • Database managment
  • Event-history analysis
  • South Africa
  • Settler economy


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