Samir KC is a founding member of and Professor at Asian Demographic Research Institute (ADRI) at Shanghai University. KC leads ADRI’s research pillar on Human Capital and Development. In parallel, KC has been working at International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) since 2005 and currently leading a project on ‘Modelling Human Capital Formation’ at the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital, IIASA. KC is also a founding member of a new initiative in Nepal called “Digital Data Systems for Development”.
KC’s major research interests are: developing and applying multi-dimensional multi-state population models in demographic analysis and projections with a particular focus on modelling human capital formation (education and health). KC has co-developed an R package that can simultaneously model multi-dimensional population dynamics at sub-national levels by age, sex, and educational attainment. KC has published in Science magazine (2011, 2014) and other peer-reviewed journals (e.g. PNAS in 2016 and 2018). 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.
KC’s master’s degree in statistics is from Tribhuvan University, Nepal (1997). Subsequently, he taught university statistics in Kathmandu and worked as a biostatistician at the Nepal Health Research Council. KC received his PhD (specialized in demography and health) from the department of spatial science at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands (2009).