Professor Emeritus, Free University of Brussels.
Off-Campus Research Affiliate, Population Studies Center.
Ph.D., Rijksuniversiteit, Ghent
Professor Lesthaeghe's research has been in the various subfields of demography : historical, social and economic, and mainly covering populations of Europe and of sub-Saharan Africa. He has also done research in the fields of cultural change in Europe and of ethnic minorities studies. He is currently examining the Second Demographic Transition, which stresses the importance of ideational changes affecting demographic behavior related to the formation/dissolution of unions and marital/non-marital fertility behavior.
Lesthaeghe, Ron J., and Lisa Neidert. 2009. "US Presidential Elections and the Spatial Pattern of the American Second Demographic Transition." Population and Development Review, 35(2), 391-400. DOI. Abstract.
Thornton, Arland, Alexandra Achen, Jennifer S. Barber, Georgina Binstock, Wade M. Garrison, Dirgha Ghimire, Ronald F. Inglehart, Rukmalie Jayakody, Yang Jiang, Julie de Jong, Katherine E. King, Ron J. Lesthaeghe, Sohair Mehanna, Colter Mitchell, Mansoor Moaddel, Mary Beth Ofstedal, Norbert Schwarz, Guangzhou Wang, Yu Xie, Li-Shou Yang, Linda Young-Demarco, and Kathryn Yount. 2010. "Creating Questions and Protocols for an International Study of Ideas About Development and Family Life." In Survey Methods in Multinational, Multiregional and Multicultural Conexts edited by Janet A. Harkness, Michael Braun, Brad Edwards, Timothy P. Johnson, Lars Lyberg, Peter Ph. Mohler, Beth-Ellen Pennell, Tom W. Smith. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.. DOI. Abstract.