Our Mission

The primary mission of the Population Studies and Training Center (PSTC) 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 globally. This mission is aided by:

  • state-of-the-art facilities and research support;
  • various forums for population science exchanges;
  • a high-quality training program;
  • the recruitment and development of population-related faculty;
  • engineering and seeding promising new areas of population research;
  • developing collaborations on campus and around the world.


The PSTC seeks to create a dynamic environment in which the Center's associates can contribute to the resolution of human population issues in the 21st century through interdisciplinary, innovative research with a global perspective. PSTC faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows conduct research and fieldwork in more than 20 nations, focusing on issues from health and development to environment and spatial structures. Through this type of global social science, the PSTC aims to influence the trajectory of population studies and improve health, well-being, and equality worldwide.