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John May

Former Visiting Fellow


Demography, population and development, population policies, family planning programs, with particular emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa


John F. May was a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development and adjunct professor of demography at Georgetown University. He was lead demographer in the Africa Region at the World Bank and, before that, worked on many population projects around the world for UNFPA, UNICEF, USAID, and the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP). He was posted in Haiti, West Indies, and New Caledonia, South Pacific, for the United Nations.

His research and publications have focused on population policies, family planning, and population projections, with particular emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa. His book World Population Policies: Their Origin, Evolution, and Impact was published by Springer in 2012.

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