Robert D. Retherford
  • Robert D. Retherford
  • Senior Fellow and Coordinator, Population and Health Studies
  • Biography

Biographical Information
Robert Retherford is Coordinator of Population and Health Studies at the East-West Center and Affiliate Graduate Faculty in Sociology at the University of Hawaii. He joined the East-West Center in 1970 after receiving his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California at Berkeley. His current research focuses on below-replacement fertility and population aging and a variety of maternal and child health issues in Asia. His work on below-replacement fertility currently focuses on Japan, China, and South Korea. His work on maternal and child health issues focuses mainly on India, where he played a major role in India’s first and second National Family Health Surveys in 1992-93 and 1996-98. He has also done previous research on the Philippines, Thailand, Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. His work at the University of Hawaii involves teaching graduate courses and supervising students in the University’s Population Studies Program.


Speech Titles / Topics

  1. The Future of Population in Asia
  2. Japan's Baby Bust: Causes, Consequences, and Policy
  3. Implications


Past Organizations Addressed
Numerous presentations at conferences addressing scientific issues and population policy issues, usually in Asian countries or the U. S.