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On May 19th the CPD hosted a training workshop for Social Media and Demographic Methods. Workshop Instructor Emilio Zagheni provided attendees with a hands-on experience, learning practical skills for applying demographic methods to social media data.


Call for papers: Global Need for Formal Child Care One day conference, Fri Aug 11, 2017, Montreal. Abstract submission deadline: May 1, 2017. More info.

CPD member Franque Grimard moderates a panel discussion on the cost-benefit of private sector investment in early childhood development. The conference was held as part of the GrOW project Improving childcare options to create better economic opportunities for women in Nairobi slums and took place in Nairobi, Kenya.

The 61st Commission on the Status of Women took place at the UN headquarters in New York. CPD’s Shelley Clark and Arijit Nandi, and McGill’s Claudia Mitchell and Phil Oxhorn participated on the panel Promoting Women’s Empowerment at Work and Beyond: Expanding Childcare Options.

A recent study led by Arijit Nandi compared data from low and middle income countries and shows that additional maternity leave is associated with a reduction in infant mortality during the first year of life. See RCI interview, Montreal Gazette, McGill Newsroom. Photo: Wikipedia Commons

A new study by Shelley Clark and Sarah Brauner-Otto finds that divorce rates across 20 African countries over the past 20 years have remained stable or declined. See BBC Newsday interviewMcGill Reporter, the Standard Digital News (Kenya), Radio France Internationale,  Photo credit: Cassandra Cotton.

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. More info.

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. More info.  (Photo: Seva Mandir)

A mother carrying her child to a Nairobi slum daycare. See new African Population Health Research Centre (APHRC) video describing daycare issues and the McGill-APHRC GrOW daycare project (PI Shelley Clark). (Photo: APHRC)

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.

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. It is 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) with the themes of applied quantitative methods, life course perspective, and global scope covering developed and developing countries. 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.


Population Dynamics Option

The Population Dynamics Option (PDO) is a cross-disciplinary, cross-faculty graduate program offered as an option within 5 existing Master’s and doctoral programs in the departments of Sociology, Economics, and Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health (EBOH) at McGill University. The five graduate programs with the PDO option are M.A. (non-thesis) in Sociology, Ph.D. in Sociology, M.A. (non-thesis) in Economics, M.Sc. in Public Health in EBOH, and Ph.D. in Epidemiology in EBOH.

Awards & Honours

José Ignacio Nazif-Muñoz Congratulations to José Ignacio Nazif-Muñoz for winning the Steinberg Global Health Postdoctoral Fellowship, from the McGill Global Health program. He will carry out his fellowship with the Institute of Health and Social Policy at McGill University, in collaboration with Arijit and Mónica Ruiz-Casares.


Jill Baumgartner McGill Centre on Population Dynamics, Institute for Health and Social Policy, and Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health Congratulations to Professor Jill Baumgartner, winner of the the 2016 Maude Abbott Prize which recognizes outstanding record of achievements for female, early career stage Faculty Members in the Faculty of Medicine. 



Nichole Austin doctoral candidate in Epidemiology, McGill University and CPD student trainee Congratulations to Nichole Austin! PhD candidate in Epidemiology and CPD trainee, Nichole (supervisor: Sam Harper) is the recipient of a Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé doctoral award.



Marianne Paul doctoral candidate Sociology McGill University and student trainee at the Centre on Population Dynamics, McGill University Congratulations to marianne.paul2 [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Marianne Paul)! Doctoral student in Sociology and CPD trainee, Marianne (supervisor: Shelley Clark) is the recipient of a Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC) doctoral award.