Fields of expertise
Swiss & international demography
Data collection | linkage | quality assessment
Demographic estimation | multi-regional projection | statistical modeling
BiographyMathias Lerch heads the Urban Demography Laboratory (URBDEMO) at the Faculty of Natural, Architectural and Build Environment (ENAC), Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). To improve understanding of urban population growth, Lerch has developed multi-disciplinary research interests in the components of demographic change (mortality/health, fertility and migration), as well as in their interactions with socioeconomic and environmental developments.
Before joining the EPFL, Lerch has acted as the deputy head of the Laboratory of Fertility and Well-Being at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research. He has analyzed and taught population change at various Swiss and German universities, as well as at statistical offices, often in transition countries. Since 2008, he has regularly advised national governments, United Nations entities, survey programs and NGOs on population issues and data collection.
Different health systems-Different mortality outcomes? Regional disparities in avoidable mortality across German-speaking Europe, 1992-2019Social Science & Medicine. 2023-06-23. DOI : 10.1016/j.socscimed.2023.115976.
The end of urban sprawl? Internal migration across the rural-urban continuum in Switzerland, 1966-2018Population Space And Place. 2022-10-18. DOI : 10.1002/psp.2621.
Sedimentary faecal lipids as indicators of Baltic Sea sewage pollution and population growth since 1860 ADEnvironmental Research. 2022-03-01. DOI : 10.1016/j.envres.2021.112305.
International Migration And The Growth Of Zurich, 1836-1949Population. 2021-01-01. DOI : 10.3917/popu.2103.0461.
The Emergence and Diffusion of Birth Limitation in Urban Areas of Developing Countries2020-04-01
Mortality during heat episodes in Switzerland: A story of vulnerabilityBuilding bridges. Scholars, history and historical demography; Nijmegen: Valkhof Pers, 2018-01-01. p. 650.
International migration and city growth2017-02-01
Periurbanization and the Transformation of the Urban Mortality Gradient in SwitzerlandPopulation-E. 2017-02-01.
Teaching & PhD