Vegard Skirbekk, PhD

  • Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health
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Vegard Skirbekk is a professor at Columbia Aging Center, Columbia University and a senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. His research focuses on understanding the links between aging, health and individuals productivity in countries undergoing demographic change around the world. He is currently interested in looking at differences across countries in terms of health and cognitive skills and relationships with investments in education and health. He is also interested in comparing variations in life trajectories in health across societies and countries. Skirbekk has published widely in academic journals (Demography, Science and Proceedings of the National Academy of Science) and his research has received attention in global media (e.g., BBC, the New York Times, The Economist, New Scientist). He has received research support from EU funding bodies (including the European Research Council), and research councils from several countries.


Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health

Administrative Titles

  • Senior Researcher, Columbia Aging Center

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • M Phil, 2001 University of Oslo, Norway
  • PhD, 2005 Rostock University, Germany


Research Interests

  • Aging
  • Global Health
  • Maternal and Reproductive Health
  • Mental Health
  • Public Health Education