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

How lifespan and life years lost equate to unity
Baudisch, A; ABURTO, JM;
Demographic Research
Average lifespan variation among people with mental disorders in Denmark: a nationwide, register-based cohort study
Zheng, Y; Weye, N; ABURTO, JM; Permanyer, I; Plana-Ripoll, O;
Scandinavian Journal of Public Health
Subnational contribution to life expectancy and life span variation changes: Evidence from the United States
Su, W; Van Raalte, A; ABURTO, JM; Canudas-Romo, V;
Demographic Research
The impact of COVID-19 on life expectancy across socioeconomic groups in Denmark.
Strozza, C; Vigezzi, S; Callaway, J; ABURTO, JM;
Population health metrics
Convergence and divergence in mortality: A global study from 1990 to 2030.
Atance, D; Claramunt, MM; Varea, X; ABURTO, JM;
PloS one
Lifetime risk of maternal near miss morbidity: a novel indicator of maternal health.
GAZELEY, U; Polizzi, A; Romero-Prieto, JE; ABURTO, JM; RENIERS, G; FILIPPI, V;
International journal of epidemiology
Dynamics of the coefficient of variation of the age at death distribution
Martin, J; ABURTO, JM; Permanyer, I;
Demographic Research
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
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