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Centre on Population Dynamics

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.

Centre on Population Dynamics

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. The CPD has resulted from a collaboration between three main departments in two faculties (Sociology and Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health in the Faculty of Medicine). Within the broader area of population dynamics, the Centre focuses on five main 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:

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