Dr. R. (Rafael) Costa


Rafael Costa is Senior Researcher at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) and affiliated researcher at the University of Antwerp and at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He holds a Master’s degree in Population Studies (2009) and a PhD in Social Sciences (2015) from the University of Louvain, Belgium. His research focuses on spatial demography, in particular the patterns of demographic change in space and time and the influence of space and networks on demographic behaviour and socioeconomic outcomes. He has applied this perspective in studies on fertility and family, internal and international migration, and residential segregation. Rafael’s works mainly draw on quantitative methods, microlevel administrative data, and fine-grained spatial data.


Member and voluntary research fellow at the Centre for Population, Family & Health, University of Antwerp, and at Interface Demography, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)


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