Past Events & Projects

PopDataViz Proof-of-Concept Infographic - an overview of the CPD data visualization workshop. CPD training designed to improve the use of population data in research and evidence-based decision-making. Infographic here. Details on PopDataViz2017 here

PopDataViz2017 - 3 day training workshop: data visualization training; noon-hour panels: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of data visualization for population research; Hack-a-thon; Dragon’s Den; multisectoral, multidisciplinary expertise and networking.

May 19th, 2017. The CPD hosted a training workshop on Social Media & Demographic Methods. Workshop Instructor Emilio Zagheni provided attendees with a hands-on experience, learning practical skills for applying demographic methods to social media data.


CPD member Franque Grimard moderates a panel discussion on the cost-benefit of private sector investment in early childhood development in Nairobi, Kenya for at a conference for the GrOW project: Improving childcare options to create better economic opportunities for women in Nairobi slums. 

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.


All CPD members lead and participate in active programs of research, under at least one of the following five research axes, described in detail to the left:

1. Family Dynamics

2. Social and Economic Determinants of Health

3. Education, Skill Acquisition, and Labour

4. Migration

5. Aging.



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