Dr. Valeria Cetorelli

United Nations

Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA)

Riad El Solh Square, P.O. Box 11-8575

Beirut, Lebanon

Email: valeria.cetorelli@un.org


Middle East Centre

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE

London, UK 

Email: v.cetorelli@lse.ac.uk




Dr. Valeria Cetorelli is Demographer/Statistician at UN ESCWA and Visiting Fellow at the LSE Middle East Centre. She holds a PhD in Demography from the LSE and has expertise in population data collection, management and analysis. Prior to joining UN ESCWA, she worked as Research Officer at the LSE Middle East Centre and at the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health, and served as Research Consultant for UNICEF Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa and UNFPA Regional Office for the Arab States. Her research focuses on the use of demographic and statistical methods in the study of conflict affected, forcibly displaced and other vulnerable populations to inform humanitarian and development policies and advance human rights and international justice. She has published extensively on these topics, and won research grants from the UK Economic and Social Research Council, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Emirates Foundation for Philanthropy and Suntory-Toyota Foundation. She has also been awarded several research prizes, including a Richard Titmuss Prize, a British Society for Population Studies Award and an Emirates Foundation Award. She regularly provides capacity building for demographers and statisticians from National Statistical Offices and carries out technical advisory missions for policy makers from various Ministries of UN ESCWA member states.


Research interests

Demographic and Statistical Methods; Population Data; Public Health; Human Rights; Humanitarian Emergencies; Sustainable Development



15. Lafta R, Cetorelli V, Burnham G. Living in Mosul During the Time of ISIS and the Military Liberation: Results from a 40-Cluster Household Survey. Conflict and Health 2018, 12:31.

14. Cetorelli V. Review of Onn Winckler's Arab Political Demography: Population Growth, Labor Migration and Natalist Policies. The Middle East Journal 2018, 72(2): 349-351.

13. Cetorelli V, Burnham G, Shabila N. Health Needs and Care Seeking Behaviours of Yazidis and Other Minority Groups Displaced by ISIS into the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. PLOS One 2017, 12(8):e0181028.

12. Cetorelli V, Sasson I, Shabila N, Burnham G. ISIS' Yazidi Genocide. Foreign Affairs 2017.

11. Cetorelli V, Sasson I, Shabila N, Burnham G. Mortality and Kidnapping Estimates for the Yazidi Population in the Area of Mount Sinjar, Iraq, in August 2014: A Retrospective Household Survey. PLOS Medicine 2017, 14(5): e1002297.

10. Dyson T, Cetorelli V. Changing Views on Child Mortality and Economic Sanctions in Iraq: A History of Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics. BMJ Global Health 2017, 2: e000311.

9. Cetorelli V., Khawaja M. Intensity of Conflict and Fertility in the Occupied Palestinian Territory: A longitudinal Study. The Lancet 2017, 390: S30.

8. Busetta A, Cetorelli V, Wilson B. A Universal Health Care System? Unmet Need for Medical Care Among Regular and Irregular Immigrants in Italy. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 2017.

7. Cetorelli V, Burnham G, Shabila N. Prevalence of Non-Communicable Diseases and Access to Health Care and Medications among Yazidis and Other Minority Groups Displaced by ISIS into the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Conflict and Health 2017, 11: 4.

6. Leone T, Cetorelli V, Neal S, Matthews Z. Financial Accessibility and User Fee Reforms for Maternal Healthcare in Five Sub-Saharan Countries: A Quasi-Experimental Analysis. BMJ Open 2016, 6: e009692.

5. Busetta A, Cetorelli V, Stranges M. Remittance Behaviours of Foreigners in Italy. International Migration 2015, 54(2): 98-118.

4. Cetorelli V. The Effect on Fertility of the 2003-2011 War in Iraq. Population and Development Review 2014, 40(4): 581-604.

3. Cetorelli V, Shabila N. Expansion of Health Facilities in Iraq a Decade After the US-led Invasion, 2003-2012. Conflict and Health 2014, 8: 16.

2. Cetorelli V. The Impact of the Iraq War on Neonatal Polio Immunisation Coverage: A Quasi-Experimental Study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2013, 69: 226-231.

1. Cetorelli V, Leone T. Is Fertility Stalling in Jordan? Demographic Research 2012, 26(13): 293-318.