Publications in peer-reviewed journals

Snyder, M., Alburez-Gutierrez, D., Williams, I., and Zagheni, E. (in press). “Estimates from 31 countries show the significant impact of COVID-19 excess mortality on the incidence of family bereavement.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 119 (26): e2202686119. doi:10.1073/pnas.2202686119

Alburez-Gutierrez, D. (2022). “The demographic drivers of grief and memory after genocide in Guatemala.” Demography. Advanced Publication. doi:10.1215/00703370-9975747.

Stelter, R. and Alburez-Gutierrez, D. (2022). “Representativeness is crucial for inferring demographic processes from online genealogies: Evidence from lifespan dynamics.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 119(10): e2120455119. doi:10.1073/pnas.2120455119.

Castro, A. and Alburez-Gutierrez, D. (2022). “North and South: Naming practices and the hidden dimension of global disparities in knowledge production.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 119(10): e2120455119. doi:10.1073/pnas.2119373119.

Alburez-Gutierrez, D., Mason, C., and Zagheni, E. (2021). “The ‘Sandwich Generation’ Revisited: Global Demographic Drivers of Care Time Demands”. Population and Development Review. 47(4): 997-1023. DOI:padr.12436.

Alburez-Gutierrez, D., Kolk, M. and Zagheni E. (2021). “Women’s experience of child death: A global demographic perspective.” Demography, 58(5):1715-1735 . DOI:10.1215/00703370-9420770.

Smith-Greenaway, E., Alburez-Gutierrez, D., Trinitapoli, J, and Zagheni, E. (2021) “The Global Burden of Maternal Bereavement: Indicators of the Cumulative Prevalence of Child Loss.” BMJ Global Health, 6:e004837. DOI:bmjgh-2020-004837.

Martinez-Folgar, K., Alburez-Gutierrez, D., Paniagua-Avila, A., Ramirez-Zea, M., Bilal, U. (2021). “Excess Mortality during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Guatemala”. American Journal of Public Health, 0:e1-e8. DOI:10.2105/AJPH.2021.306452.

Basellini, U., Alburez-Gutierrez, D., Del Fava, E., Perrotta, D., Bonetti, M., Camarda, C. and Zagheni, E. (2021). “Linking excess mortality to Google mobility data during the COVID-19 pandemic in England and Wales”. SSM - Population Health, 14. DOI:j.ssmph.2021.100799.

Riffe, T., Acosta E., Alburez-Gutierrez, D., the COVerAGE-DB team. (2021) “Data Resource Profile: COVerAGE-DB: a global demographic database of COVID-19 cases and deaths.” International Journal of Epidemiology, 50(2): 390-390f. DOI:10.1093/ije/dyab027.

Alburez-Gutierrez, D.. (2021). “Vivir para contarla: un análisis demográfico de las masacres de Río Negro en Guatemala (1980-1982) [Living to tell the tale: A demographic analysis of the Rio Negro massacres in Guatemala (1980-1982)]”. Análisis de la Realidad Nacional, 208:91–104. ISSN:2227-9113.

Nepomuceno, M., Acosta, E., Alburez-Gutierrez, D., Aburto, J.M., Gagnon, A., and Turra, C. (2020). “Besides population age-structure, health and other demographic factors can contribute to understanding the COVID-19 burden.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117(25). DOI:10.1073/pnas.2008760117.

Leone, T., Alburez-Gutierrez, D., Ghandour, R., Coast, E., and Giacaman, R. (2019). “Maternal and child access to care and intensity of conflict in the occupied Palestinian territory: a pseudo-longitudinal analysis (2000–2014).” Conflict and Health 13(1). DOI:10.1186/s13031-019-0220-2.

Alburez-Gutierrez, D. (2019). “Blood is thicker than bloodshed: A genealogical approach to reconstruct populations after armed conflicts.” Demographic Research, 40(23): 627-656. DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2019.40.23.

McGovern, P., and Alburez-Gutierrez, D. (2017) “Who takes workplace case-study methods seriously? The influence of gender, academic rank and PhD training.” Industrial Relations Journal, 48: 98–114. doi:10.1111/irj.12171.

Book chapters

Alburez-Gutierrez, D., Zagheni, E., Aref, S., Gil-Clavel, S., Grow, A., and Negraia, D. V. (2019, May 8). “Demography in the Digital Era: New Data Sources for Population Research.” Proceedings of the 2019 Conference of the Italian Statistical Society. DOI:10.31235/

Technical reports

Alburez-Gutierrez, D. and Segura García C. (2018). “The UNHCR Demographic Projection Tool: estimating the future size and compositionof forcibly displaced populations.” UNHCR Statistics Technical Series, 2018/1. Copenhagen: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

PhD thesis

The full text of my PhD thesis is available online:

Alburez-Gutierrez, D. (2018). Beyond excess mortality: the demographic life of a Mayan community after a war of massacres. PhD thesis, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

A summary of the thesis can be found in these three presentations given at the Latin American Social Sciences Institute, Guatemala 25 April 2019 (in Spanish):

  1. Método de recolección de datos en Río Negro (presentación)

  2. Mortalidad en Río Negro durante y tras las masacres (presentación)

  3. Fertilidad en Río Negro tras las masacres (presentación)

I also prepared three posters (in a #betterposter format) to highlight some of the main results. For now, they are only available in Spanish:

  1. Método de recolección de datos en Río Negro (poster)

  2. Mortalidad en Río Negro durante y tras las masacres (poster)

  3. Fertilidad en Río Negro tras las masacres (poster)

Invited talks (selected)

Alburez-Gutierrez, D. (27 May 2020, postponed due to Covid-19 lockdown) Die demografischen Auswirkungen von Massengewalt in Guatemala [The demographic consequences of Genocide in Guatemala]. Berlin, Germany (Ibero-American Institute).

Alburez-Gutierrez, D. (27 Nov 2019) Women’s experience of child death: a global demographic perspective. ISER External Seminar, Colchester, UK (Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex).

Alburez-Gutierrez, D. (23 May 2019) The Demographic Foundations of the Lived Experience of Kin Death: A Genealogical Reconstruction. SUDA Demographic Colloquium Series, Stockholm, Sweden (Stockholm University).

Alburez-Gutierrez, D. (25 April 2019) Ciencias Sociales Computacionales: Retos y oportunidades en la era digital [Computational Social Sciences: challenges and opportunities in the Digital Age]. Guatemala City, Guatemala (Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences).

Alburez-Gutierrez, D. (8 February 2018) Mass killings, family support, and survival: evidence from Guatemala. SUDA Demographic Colloquium Series, Stockholm, Sweden (Stockholm University).

Blog posts and science communication

Academic video: How Can We Quantify the Immediate and Lingering Impact of Genocide on Local Populations?. Latest Thinking, Germany (Apr 2020).

Alburez-Gutierrez, D., Nepomuceno, M., and Aburto, J.M. (2020) Coronavirus: a warning to Latin America and the Caribbean to dramatically increase COVID-19 testing. The Conversation, UK, (Apr 2020).

Alburez-Gutierrez, D. (2016) Genocide is the tip of the iceberg: Reviewing the Guatemalan case. LSE Human Rights blog, London, UK (London School of Economics).

Alburez-Gutierrez, D. (2016) No hablar de sexo como estrategia de país [Ingnoring sex as a country strategy]. Plaza Pública, Guatemala City, Guatemala. (February 10 2016)

Advisory role

TECHO-Guatemala. (2015) Censo de asentamientos informales. Guatemala: TECHO.