The primary mission of the Population Studies & Training Center (PSTC) at Brown University is to produce and disseminate innovative research on the causes and consequences of population size, composition, distribution, and well-being in the U.S. and around the world. It carries out this mission by providing state-of-the-art facilities and research support to PSTC associates; maintaining a forum for intra- and inter-disciplinary exchange on population science; supporting a high-quality interdisciplinary graduate training program; facilitating the recruitment and development of population-related faculty at Brown; engineering and seeding promising new areas of population research; and developing cross-unit collaborations on campus and with institutional partners around the world.
PSTC seeks to create a dynamic environment in which our associates can contribute to the resolution of human population issues in the 21st century through interdisciplinary, innovative research with a global perspective. Our faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows conduct research and fieldwork in over 20 nations, focusing on issues from health and development to environment and spatial structures. Through this type of global social science, PSTC aims to influence the trajectory of population studies and improve health, well-being, and equality worldwide.