Samir KC is a professor and a founding member of the Asian Demographic Research Institute (ADRI) at Shanghai University. KC leads ADRI’s research pillar on Human Capital and Development. In parallel, KC works at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) since 2005, and currently leads the ‘Modelling Human Capital Formation’ project at the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital, IIASA. KC is a founding member of the Digital Data System for Development, Kathmandu, Nepal. After obtaining a master’s degree in Statistics from Tribhuvan University, Nepal (1997), KC taught university statistics in Kathmandu and worked as a biostatistician at the Nepal Health Research Council. KC received his Ph.D. from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands (2009).
KC’s major research interests are: developing and applying multi-state population models in demographic analysis and projections, with a particular focus on modeling human capital formation in education and health; and differential vulnerability to natural disasters at national and sub-national levels. KC’s work has been published in Science magazine (2011, 2014) and other peer-reviewed journals. KC has co-edited and written several chapters in the book “World Population and Human Capital in the Twenty-First Century” published by Oxford University Press in 2014. In 2018, KC led a publication in the journal PNAS (2018) on the importance of socioeconomic and spatial heterogeneity for future population dynamics. Recently, KC has served as a member in a task force on ‘Human Resource Projection’ set by the Government of Nepal.