Eshetu Gurmu

Full Name Eshetu Gurmu
Tel No. +251-111-544010 (0ffice), +251-911-862489 (Cell)
Office Location (address) AAU Main Campus, New Central Administration Building,  4th Floor, Office No: 407
Education PhD, Anthropology, University College London (UK), 2005

MSc, Demography, Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia), 1994.

BA, Sociology, Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia), 1986.

Academic Rank Associate Professor
Working for AAU Since October 1994
Research Interest


  • Reproductive health (fertility, family planning, mortality, morbidity)
  • Maternal and child wellbeing (health seeking, nutrition and schooling)
  • Gender inequality and empowerment
  • Family formation and dissolution
  • Migration and urban dynamics
  • Transition to adulthood (education, employment, marriage, parenthood)
  • Social policy and planning analysis
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Eshetu Gurmu and Dula Etana (2014). Age at First Marriage and First Birth Interval in Ethiopia: Analysis of the Roles of Social and Demographic Factors. African Population Studies 28(3):1332-1344

Eshetu Gurmu and Akim Mturi (2014). Trends and Determinants of Infant and Child Mortality in Ethiopia: Could the MDG four be met? Southern African Journal of Demography. 15(1):49-80

Eshetu Gurmu (2014)Trends and Determinants of Fertility in Rural and Urban Ethiopia” in Explaining Fertility Differences in Sub-Saharan Africa: Projecting the Demographic Future edited by Akim Mturi and Samuel Agyei-Mensah. New York: The Edwin Mellen Press.

Eshetu Gurmu and Akim Mturi (2013). Correlates of Contraceptive Use in Rural and Urban Ethiopia. African Population Studies 27(2):140 -154

Eshetu Gurmu and Dula Etana (2013).Household Structure and Children’s Nutritional Status in Ethiopia. Genus (Journal of Population Sciences) 69(2): 113-13

Eshetu Gurmu and Ruth Mace (2013).Determinants of Age at First Marriage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Journal of Social Development in Africa 28(1):89-111.

Eshetu Gurmu and Dula Etana (2013).Socio-Economic and Demographic Determinants of Children’s Schooling in Ethiopia. Eastern African Social Science
Research Review
29 (1): 1-15

Alvergne, A., Lawson, D.W., Clarke, P.M.R. Gurmu, E., Mace R. (2013) Fertility, Parental Investment, and the Early Adoption of Modern Contraception in Rural Ethiopia. American Journal of Human Biology 25 (1) 107 – 115

Eshetu Gurmu and Tariku Dejene (2012).Trends and Differentials of Adolescent Motherhood in Ethiopia: Evidences from 2005 Demographic and Health Survey African Journal of Reproductive Health 16 (4):162-174

Gibson MA, Gurmu E (2012) Rural to Urban Migration Is an Unforeseen Impact of Development Intervention in Ethiopia. PLoS ONE 7(11).

Alvergne, A., Gurmu, E., Gibson, M., Mace, R. (2011). Social Transmission and the Spread of Modern Contraception in Rural Ethiopia. PLoS One 6(7), e22515-

Gibson, Mhairi A and Eshetu Gurmu (2011) Land Inheritance Establishes Sibling Competition for Marriage and Reproduction. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences108 (6): 2200-2204.

Eshetu Gurmu and Ruth Mace (2008).Fertility Decline Driven by Poverty: the Case of Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). Journal of Biosocial Science 40, 339-358

Markos Ezra and Eshetu Gurmu (2002).Correlates of Marriage and Family Patterns in Southern Ethiopia.Ethiopian Journal of Development Research24(1): 58-91

Markos Ezra and Eshetu Gurmu (2002).Birth Interval and Child Survival: An Analysis of the 1997 Community and Family Survey in Southern Ethiopia. Ethiopian Journal of Health Development16(1): 41-51

Eshetu Gurmu and Tadesse Alemu (1998).Adolescent Reproductive Health and Other Issues in Ethiopia in Handbook on Population and Family Life Education for Secondary School Teachers in Ethiopia.(Edited by Markos Ezra and Seyoum Gebresellassie). Addis Ababa: Institute of Curriculum Development and Research. Pp118-147.

Administrative Positions Held at AAU Head, Population and Gender Research Unit, Institute of Development and Policy Research, Addis Ababa University (January 2015 – to date)

Associate Dean of Graduate Programs for Social Sciences and Humanities, Office of the Vice President for Research and Dean of School of Graduate Studies, Addis Ababa University (February 2010 to March 2012)

Director, Institute of Population Studies, College of Development Studies, Addis Ababa University, December 2008 to Oct 2010

Coordinator, Demographic Training and Research Centre, Institute of Development Research, Addis Ababa University (July 1998 to Sept 2001)

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