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Dr John Knodel

Research Professor


Research Professor, Population Studies Center, University of Michigan, USA



Population Studies Center, University of Manchester
PO Box 1248
426 Thompson St.
Ann Arbor,
MI 48106-1248,





Dr. Knodel is Research Professor at the Population Studies Center, University of Michigan. He obtained his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1965. He specializes in the areas of population dynamics, ageing and AIDS in developing countries, with an emphasis on Southeast Asia. His earlier work also focused on European historical demography. His most extensive research has been in Thailand but he currently also works in Vietnam and Cambodia. He currently is engaged in four research projects. One examines the impact of rural to urban migration of adult children on older age parents in rural Thailand; a second is a study of the well being of the older age population in Cambodia with particular reference to the legacy of political violence, poverty, and the current AIDS epidemic in the country; the third focuses on family change in Vietnam in relation to war, reunification and economic renovation; and the last examines older age sexuality in Thailand and Vietnam. Recently completed research concerned gender and aging in Asia and the impact of AIDS on the older persons in Thailand.


Key research/capacity building interests


Research Interests

  • Socio-economic situation of older persons
  • AIDS and ageing
  • Impact of migration on older parents in rural areas
  • Social demography
    (Note: my interests focus on Southeast Asia, especially Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam)

Capacity Building Interests

  • Methodology training
  • Data analysis training (quantitative and qualitative)

Key methodological skills

  • Qualitative data collection and analysis
  • Survey design and analysis
  • Mixing qualitative and quantitative research

Current/planned research

  • Impact of migration on older age parents in Thailand
  • Impact of AIDS epidemic on older persons in Cambodia
  • Domestic gender roles and social change in Vietnam
  • Well being of older aged Cambodians
    (Note: all are current projects)

Current engagement in capacity building

  • Collaborative research training at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Collaborative research training at the faculty of nursing,
    Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Collaborative research training at the institute of sociology, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Instructor on a 1-year social science methods course, Hanoi, Vietnam