Mohammad Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi

Mohammad Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi

Ph.D., Australian National University
M.A., University of Tehran
B.A., University of Isfahan

Dr. Mohammad Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi is Associate Professor and Head of the Division of Population Research of the University of Tehran; & Associate, Demography and Sociology Program, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University (ANU). Since 1998, Dr. Abbasi has been working on the fertility transition and family change in Iran. He has completed a comprehensive study of fertility changes in Iran over the last three decades, and is currently working on analyses of the Iran Fertility Transition Survey 2002 and the Iran Low Fertility Survey 2005. His book on Fertility Transition in Iran, co-authored with Peter McDonald and Meimanat Hosseini-Chavoshi, 2009, won the World Prize for the Book of the Year of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Most recently, Dr. Abbasi has been collaborating in the design of appropriate developmental idealism measures suitable both in Iran and around the world. He has been honored with the 2011 United Nations Population Award.

Articles & Chapters

Binstock, Georgina, Arland Thornton, M.J. Abbasi-Shavazi, Dirgha J. Ghimire, Yu Xie, and K.M. Yount. 2013. "Influences on the knowledge and beliefs of ordinary people about developmental hierarchies." International Journal of Comparative Sociology, 54(4): 325-344.

Thornton, Arland, Georgina Binstock, Dirgha J. Ghimire, Colter Mitchell, Mansoor Moaddel, Yu Xie, Li-Shou Yang, Mohammad Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi, et al. 2012. "Knowledge and Beliefs about National Development and Developmental Hierarchies: the Viewpoints of Ordinary People in Thirteen Countries." Social Science Research, 41(5): 1053-1068.

Abbasi-Shavazi, Mohammad Jalal, Abbas Askari-Nodoushan, and Arland Thornton. 2012. "Family Life and Developmental Idealism in Yazd, Iran." Demographic Research, 26: 207-238.

Thornton, Arland, Georgina Binstock, Kathryn M. Yount, Mohammad Abbasi-Shavazi, Dirgha J. Ghimire, and Yu Xie. 2012. "International Fertility Change: New Data and Insights from the Developmental Idealism Framework." Demography, 49(2): 677-698.


Dec 8: Arland Thornton revisits his 2001 PAA Presidential Address on "Reading History Sideways."

Recent Pub

Special Issue On Developmental Idealism, Sociology of Development, 2019.

Recent Pub

Allendorf, Thornton, Mitchell, and Young-Demarco. "The Influence of Developmental Idealism on Marital Attitudes, Expectations, and Timing." Journal of Family Issues.

Reading History Sideways

The method of reading history sideways is described and critiqued by Arland Thornton

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