Global burden of disease, global health, demography
Vegard Skirbekk is a senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and a professor at Columbia University. He studies the burden of disease, its determinants and trend. Skirbekk’s research on health variation comes from an interdisciplinary perspective. His research includes population-based projections, where developing scenarios for changes in mortality, aging and fertility variation is central. Other focus areas include health interactions with welfare systems, productivity change, and culture, often with a global perspective. He has received large grants from, among others, ERC and PEW and has led several international research projects.