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Natural disasters and downward mobility

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Downward mobility is often spurred by job loss or medical crises, but natural disasters also play a role, particularly for low- and middle-income renters. "Harvey takes an uncounted toll on Houston's middle class" quotes Associate Professor of Population Studies and Environment and Society (Research) Elizabeth Fussell, who says that "people begin to fall out of the middle class" following events like the recent hurricanes. 
(Distributed October 23, 2017)

Peru's proposed baby boxes prove controversial

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. 
(Distributed October 19, 2017)

White participates in UN group on migration and urbanization

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.

(Distributed October 19, 2017)

Harvey and Irma could spur demographic shifts

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.

(Distributed October 19, 2017)

PSTC welcomes new community members

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – At the start of the academic year, the PSTC welcomes 32 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.

(Distributed September 14, 2017)
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