Associate Professor Bernard Baffour

PhD Social Statistics; MSc Social Statistics; MSc Applied Statistics; BSc (hons) Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Research interests

Survey Methodology

Census Methodology

Official Statistics

Statistical Methods for Sparse Data


Indigenous Demography



Bernard Baffour completed his PhD in social statistics from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom, where he investigated the statistical properties of triple system capture-recapture estimators in population censuses, and subsequently undertook a post-doctoral fellowship examining the relationship between weather and health, through quantifying the impact drops in temperature had on hospital admissions. 

Prior to joining the School of Demography at the ANU in 2017, he was a research fellow in social statistics at the Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Queensland from 2012 where he contributed to consultancy projects and provided methodological support to a wide range of social scientists, while developing a research focus in survey research and official statistics. Bernard has methodological expertise in survey methods and the analysis of complex data. He has a diverse range of experience in working across a wide spectrum of areas from education, sociology, epidemiology, public health and operational research. 


Researcher's projects

Recent Publications

Das, S, Baffour, B, and Richardson, A (2024). Trends in chronic undernutrition in Bangladesh for small domains. Population Studies, 78(1), 43-61, DOI: 10.1080/00324728.2023.2239772

Das S, Baffour B, and Richardson A. (2024) Trend estimation of sub-national level daily smoking prevalence by age and sex in Australia. Tobacco Induced Diseases.  23;22. DOI:

Baffour, B, Aheto, JMK, Das, S, Godwin, P, and Richardson, A (2023). Geostatistical modelling of child undernutrition in developing countries using remote sensed data: evidence from Bangladesh and Ghana demographic health surveys. Scientific Reports, 13(21573), 1-13. DOI:

Kocar, S and Baffour, B (2023). Comparing and improving the accuracy of nonprobability samples: profiling Australian surveys. methods, data, analyses. 17(2), 171-206. DOI:

Guha, S, Das, S, Baffour, B, and Chandra, H (2023). Multivariate small area modelling of undernutrition prevalence among under five children in Bangladesh. The International Journal of Biostatistics, 19(1), 191-215. DOI:

Lazzari, E, Baffour, B and Chambers, GM (2022). Residential proximity to a fertility clinic is independently associated with likelihood of women having ART and IUI treatment. Human Reproduction. 31;37(11):2662-2671.




Current student projects

Tita Tabije (associate supervisor) - The role of socio-economic structure on fertility and mortality in Australia's capital cities: 1991-2016

Kristen Power (primary supervisor) - The impact of pre- and post-migration stressors on the integration trajectory of humanitarian migrants in Australia

Syauqy Lukman (associate supervisor) - Sexual Reproductive Health Knowledge among Young People in Indonesia

 Mu Li (primary supervisor) - Two-Way Bivariate Outcomes Small Area Estimation using Spatial Bayesian Hierarchical Models



Past student projects

Ester Lazzari (associate supervisor) - PhD in Demography 2022 - An assessment of the demographic contribution of assisted reproductive technologies in Australia

Reiko Okumura-Rougeaux (associate supervisor) - PhD in Demography 2021 - Youth Employment Pathways in Indonesia

Munkhbadar Judger - Masters in Demography 2018 - Patterns of Fertility in Mongolia: has the pro-natalist policy influenced chilbearing?


Projects and Grants

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