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Funded by the IDRC, CPD members Shelley Clark (PI), Sonia Laszlo, Franque Grimard, Sarah Brauner-Otto and team members from PCL, ISID, and APHRC will test the effects of child care on improvements in economic opportunities for poor, urban women in Nairobi, Kenya.

Arijit Nandi and Sam Harper, with Centre for Microfinance and funded by IDRC, will lead an experimental field study to quantify the health and economic benefits of the non-profit Seva Mandir’s community-based day-care (Balwadi) program in rural Rajasthan. (Photo: Seva Mandir)

Each week the popular Social statistics and population dynamics seminar features prominent domestic and international scholars addressing key topics across the areas of family, aging, health, immigration, education, skills acquisition and labour.

Discussion at the CPD annual meeting between Professors Amélie Quesnel-Vallée (Sociology and Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health) and Jill Baumgartner (Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health)

Here at the annual McGill BRAVO Gala, Céline Le Bourdais (c) celebrates her recent Thérèse Gouin-Décaire award with (to her left) Christine Proulx, Dean Christopher Manfredi, her long-time collaborator Evelyne Lapierre-Adamcyck and (to her right) Geneviève Brunet-Gauthier and Claudia Masferrer.

CPD members and trainees are frequent presenters at major academic population-related conferences like the SER and the PAA. Here, CPD trainee Sean Waite presents a paper (co-authored with Nicole Denier) at the PAA annual meeting (May 2014).

Professors Jay Kaufman and Sam Harper (Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health) in discussion at the CPD annual meeting and reception, September 2014.

Welcome to the McGill Centre on Population Dynamics (CPD)!

The Centre on Population Dynamics was founded by Shelley Clark (Director), Céline Le Bourdais and Amélie Quesnel-Vallée and approved by the McGill University’s Board of Governors on May 1, 2012. A collaboration between three departments in two faculties (Sociology and Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health in the Faculty of Medicine), the Centre focuses on five research axes:  

  1.     Family Dynamics;
  2.     Social and Economic Determinants of Health;
  3.     Education, Skill Acquisition, and Labour;
  4.     Migration;
  5.     Aging over the life course.

These research axes are united by three overarching themes:

  •     Applied Quantitative Methods
  •     Life Course Perspectives;
  •     Global in scope, covering both developed and developing countries.

Recent Publications

*CPD trainee or student member

Renee Reichl Luthra and Thomas Soehl. 2015. From Parent to Child? Transmission of Educational Attainment Within Immigrant Families: Methodological Considerations. Demography. On-line Mar. 24.

Sarah Brauner-Otto. 2015. Health Services, Attitudes about Children, and Fertility Limitation. International Journal of Sociology. 45(1): 24-43. On-line Mar 11.

Matthieu Chemin, Flaubert Mbiekop. 2015. Addressing child sex tourism: The Indian case. European Journal of Political Economy. On-line Mar 10.

Shelley Clark, Cassandra Cotton*, Leticia Marteleto. 2015. Family ties and young fathers' engagement in Cape Town, South Africa. Journal of Marriage and Family. 77(2):575-589. On-line Mar 1.

Jay S. Kaufman, Lena Dolman, Dinela Rushani, Richard S. Cooper. 2015. The contribution of genomic research to explaining racial disparities in cardiovascular disease: a systematic review. American Journal of Epidemiology. In press/on-line Mar 1.

Amélie Quesnel-Vallée, Andrea Willson and Sandra Reiter-Campeau. 2015. Health inequalities among older adults In
developed countries: Reconciling theories and policy approaches
. Population Change and Lifecourse Strategic Knowledge Cluster Discussion Paper Series / Un Réseau stratégique de connaissances Changements de population et parcours de vie Document de travail. 3(1). Article 6. (Forthcoming as Quesnel-Vallée, A., A. Willson and S. Reiter-Campeau. 2016. “Health Inequalities among Older Adults in Developed Countries: Reconciling theories and policy approaches” In George, L. and Ferraro, K. (Eds). Handbook of Aging – Social Sciences. 8th Edition. Elsevier Academic Press.)

Hailey R. Banack* and Jay S. Kaufman. 2015. Does selection bias explain the obseity paradox among individuals with cardiovascular disease? Annals of Epidemiology. In press/on-line Feb 20.

Zoua Vang, Jennifer Sigouin*, Astrid Flenon and Alain Gagnon. 2015. The healthy immigrant effect in Canada: a systematic review. Population Change and Lifecourse Strategic Knowledge Cluster Discussion Paper Series/Un Réseau stratégique de connaissances Changements de population et parcours de vie Document de travail. 3(1): Article 4.

Lisa D. Pearce, Sarah R. Brauner-Otto and Yingchun Ji. 2015. Explaining religious differentials in family-size preference: Evidence from Nepal in 1996. Population Studies. 69(1): 23-37. On-line Feb 16.

David J. Roelfs, Eran Shor, Aharon Blank*, Joseph E. Schwartz. 2015. Misery loves company? A meta-regression examining aggregate unemployment rates and the unemployment-mortality association. Annals of Epidemiology. In press/ on-line Feb 19.

Frank J. Elgar, Timo-Kolja Pförtner, Irene Moor, Bart De Clercq, Gonneke W J M Stevens, Candace Currie. 2015. Socioeconomic inequalities in adolescent health 2002–2010: a time-series analysis of 34 countries participating in the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children study. The Lancet. In press/on-line Feb 3.

Ashley I. Naimi and Jay Kaufman. 2015. Counterfactual theory in social epidemiology: Reconciling analysis and action for the social determinants of health. Current Epidemiology Reports. 2(1):52-60. On-line Jan 27.

Eran Shor and David Roelfs. 2015. Social contact frequency and all-cause mortality: A meta-analysis and meta-regression. Social Science and Medicine. 128: 76-86. Online Jan 10.

Sébastien Breau. 2014. Rising inequality in Canada: A regional perspective. Applied Geography. In press/on-line Jan 3 2015.