Centre on Population Dynamics

Welcome to the CPD

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.

Welcome to the McGill Centre on Population Dynamics (CPD)! 

The Centre on Population Dynamics was founded by Shelley Clark, Céline Le Bourdais and Amélie Quesnel-Vallée and approved by the McGill University’s Board of Governors on May 1, 2012. Initially acollaboration between three departments in two faculties (Sociology and Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health in the Faculty of Medicine) current members come from nine departments and four faculties at McGill and five other universities across the globe. Members’ research can be broadly characterized with three overarching research themes: applied quantitative methods, life course perspective, and global scope covering developed and developing countries. The Centre focuses on five research axes:  

  1.     Family Dynamics;

  2.     Social and Economic Determinants of Health;

  3.     Education, Skill Acquisition, and Labour;

  4.     Migration;

  5.     Aging over the life course.


Population Dynamics Option

The Population Dynamics Option (PDO) is a cross-disciplinary, cross-faculty graduate program offered as an option within 5 existing Master’s and doctoral programs in the departments of Sociology, Economics, and Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health (EBOH) at McGill University. The five graduate programs with the PDO option are M.A. (non-thesis) in Sociology, Ph.D. in Sociology, M.A. (non-thesis) in Economics, M.Sc. in Public Health in EBOH, and Ph.D. in Epidemiology in EBOH.