Bilal Barakat

Research Group:  Migration, Education and Environment

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E-Mail: bilal.barakat(at)


Bilal Barakat joined the World Population Program in February 2008 to support with the definition of scenarios for global education trends for the purpose of human capital projections. After having studied mathematics at Cambridge and Oxford Universities for undergraduate and graduate degrees, he obtained his doctorate from Oxford University's Department of Education.

Dr. Barakat's current research interest focuses on educational modelling and planning, especially in developing countries. He has worked as a consultant on various aspects of international and UK educational development including higher-education quality assurance, education in post-conflict settings, teacher training and recruitment, for UNDP, UNESCO, the World Bank and for national agencies in the UK.

Areas of Expertise

  • International Educational Development
  • Education Policy Modelling
  • Quantitative Research Methods

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Selected Publications

'Sorry I forgot your birthday!': Adjusting apparent school participation for survey timing when age is measured in whole years.
Author(s): Barakat B
Reference: International Journal of Educational Development 49: 300-313
Year: 2016

The increasingly long road to school in rural China: the impacts of education network consolidation on broadly defined schooling distance in Xinfeng County of rural China
Author(s): Zhao D, Barakat B
Reference: Asia Pacific Education Review 16.3, pp. 413-431
Year: 2015

A 'recipe for depopulation'? School closures and local population decline in Saxony
Author(s): Barakat B
Year: 2014

Modelling the constraints on consanguineous marriage when fertility declines
Author(s): Barakat B, Basten S
Reference: Demographic Research 30.9, pp. 277-312
Year: 2014