Purushottam M. Kulkarni is a demographer based in Bengaluru. After obtaining the Ph.D. in Statistics from the Colorado State University, and completing a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Population Studies Centre of Brown University, he worked in research and educational institutions in Bengaluru and Coimbatore before joining the Jawaharlal Nehru University as Professor of Population Studies at the Centre for the Study of Regional Development, School of Social Sciences, from where he retired in 2015.
His areas of research interest are technical demography, fertility, reproductive and child health, and population policies and programmes. He has published a number of research articles in various journals including Population Studies, Demography, Genus, Asia-Pacific Population Journal, Demography India, Artha Vijnana, Social Change, Economic and Political Weekly and a number of edited volumes. He is a co-author of the recent book Population and Reproductive Health in India: An Assessment of the Current Situation and Future Needs.
He has served on Technical Advisory Committees for the Office of Registrar General of India, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and the Ministry of Women and Child Development. He served as the Secretary General of the Asian Population Association and has been a member of the Editorial Advisory Committees of various journals. He has been a consultant to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on issues of sex ratio at birth, demographic dividend, and population projections.