Population Studies & Training Center

  • Gender, Inequality, and Empowerment

    This interdisciplinary series tackles the (re)production of gender inequalities within a variety of areas, including health, violence, and economic empowerment.

  • PSTC hosts Population and Environment journal

    Elizabeth Fussell is now editor-in-chief of this publication that showcases research on social demographic aspects of environmental issues.

  • Masculinities and male reproductive health

    Matthew Gutmann's research, funded by the Toulmin Foundation, provides an innovative look at male perceptions of masculinities and sexual and reproductive health.

  • PSTC fellows

    Read more about the projects of five trainees who recently completed their PSTC fellowships funded by the NICHD, which provided them time and resources to pursue their research agendas. 

  • Impacts of childhood lead poisoning

    Anna Aizer's research assesses the effectiveness of lead hazard controls and the economic consequences associated with childhood lead poisoning in Rhode Island.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Providing a safe place outside hospitals where children can be abandoned safely raises questions about children's rights and risks of trafficking, says Associate Professor of Anthropology Jessaca Leinaweaver. In "Peru Should Think Outside the 'Baby Box,'" she draws on her research on adoption and family policy in Peru and Spain to argue for better support of family planning initiatives, access to education, and facilitation of access to family court and child support to address the root causes of child vulnerability. 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – In advance of the fifty-first session of the UN Commission on Population and Development in April 2018, a group of experts convened in September to discuss the thematic focus of the session, "Sustainable cities, human mobility and international migration.” Professor of Sociology and Director of S4 Michael White participated in the expert group to examine new evidence regarding trends in urbanization and migration; analyses of their development impacts; and implications for policy, governance, and planning. Videos of the group meetings are available here.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – The path to recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey is likely to involve a demographic shift that will most affect those living in low-income or subsidized housing, says Associate Professor of Population Studies and Environment and Society (Research) Elizabeth Fussell in the Los Angeles Times. Many will likely be forced from their homes, especially renters who will then face rental inflation for the remaining local habitable properties and will have to look elsewhere for housing. Read more.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – At the start of the academic year, the PSTC welcomes 27 new community members, including faculty associates, visiting scholars, and predoctoral and postdoctral trainees. They come as anthropologists, economists, geographers, and sociologists, and as public policy and public health scholars, adding to the PSTC's vibrant research community committed to addressing local, national, and global population challenges. Meet them here.