Dr Jose Manuel Aburto

Brass Blacker Associate Prof. Demography

United Kingdom

I joined LSHTM in 2022 as Brass Blacker Associate Professor of Demography. Before joining LSHTM I held the Newton International and Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowships at University of Oxford and was Assistant Professor at University of Southern Denmark. I received my MA in Demography at El Colegio de México, training at the European Doctoral School of Demography at Sapienza University of Rome, and PhD in Demography at the University of Southern Denmark and Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in 2020.


Department of Population Health
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health


I convene the Mathematical Demography module at the European Doctoral School of Demography where I teach Mathematics for Demographers and Decomposition Techniques. At LSHTM, I contribute teaching to the Population Studies, Demographic Methods and Population Dynamics and Projections papers.


The overarching aim of José Manuel's research is to produce novel insights on population health inequalities and better understand their link with social determinants of health. Theoretically and methodologically, his work follows two main strands. First, his work develops and advances formal demographic techniques to measure inequalities in the length of life and uses this perspective to generate new ways of analysing population health. Second, through these and other methodological tools, including those from statistics, data science, and computer science, his work examines the structural and social determinants of population health inequalities. For example, his work so far has examined how structural shocks like violence, and more recently the COVID-19 pandemic, affect population health inequalities around the globe.

Research Area
Population health
Criminal violence
Disease and Health Conditions
Latin America & Caribbean (all income levels)
European Union
Middle East & North Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Lifespan variation among people with a given disease or condition.
Zheng, Y; Permanyer, I; Canudas-Romo, V; ABURTO, JM; Nigri, A; Plana-Ripoll, O;
PloS one
Contributions of age groups and causes of death to the sex gap in lifespan variation in Europe.
Zazueta-Borboa, J-D; ABURTO, JM; Permanyer, I; Zarulli, V; Janssen, F;
Population studies
The Gap Between US and Best Practice Life Expectancy Is Increasing.
ABURTO, JM; Vigezzi, S;
American journal of public health
Reversals in past long-term trends in educational inequalities in life expectancy for selected European countries.
Zazueta-Borboa, JD; Martikainen, P; ABURTO, JM; Costa, G; Peltonen, R; Zengarini, N; Sizer, A; Kunst, AE; Janssen, F;
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
A global assessment of the impact of violence on lifetime uncertainty.
ABURTO, JM; Di Lego, V; Riffe, T; Kashyap, R; Van Raalte, A; Torrisi, O;
Science advances
Evaluation of age-specific causes of death in the context of the Italian longevity transition.
Nigri, A; ABURTO, JM; Basellini, U; Bonetti, M;
Scientific Reports
Life expectancy changes since COVID-19.
Schöley, J; ABURTO, JM; Kashnitsky, I; Kniffka, MS; Zhang, L; Jaadla, H; Dowd, JB; Kashyap, R;
Nature human behaviour
Socio-demographic inequalities and excess non-COVID-19 mortality during the COVID-19 pandemic: a data-driven analysis of 1 069 174 death certificates in Mexico.
Antonio-Villa, NE; Bello-Chavolla, OY; Fermín-Martínez, CA; ABURTO, JM; Fernández-Chirino, L; Ramírez-García, D; Pisanty-Alatorre, J; González-Díaz, A; Vargas-Vázquez, A; Barquera, S; Gutiérrez-Robledo, LM; Seiglie, JA;
International Journal of Epidemiology
Drewnowski's index to measure lifespan variation: Revisiting the Gini coefficient of the life table.
ABURTO, JM; Basellini, U; Baudisch, A; Villavicencio, F;
Theoretical population biology
Significant impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on race/ethnic differences in US mortality.
ABURTO, JM; Tilstra, AM; Floridi, G; Dowd, JB;
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
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