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Message from Director, Sarah R. Brauner-Otto

Sarah Brauner-OttoThe Centre on Population Dynamics (CPD) is a community of scholars dedicated to creating and disseminating new knowledge on the transformative demographic and health changes occurring across the globe. Research conducted by CPD members lies within several key areas of demographic research: Family Dynamics; Social and Economic Determinants of Health; Education; Skill Acquisition, and Labour; Migration; and Aging. Faculty and students work together on path-breaking research to address these issues in countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas with much looking more locally to Canada. Based at McGill in Montreal, Quebec, the centre is rich in expertise, with 40 active members (representing 17 departments in 4 faculties at McGill and 5 other universities), 50 graduate students, and additional post-doctoral researchers and staff. Current research is funded by the Canadian Tri-Council as well as Canadian and international sources such as IDRC, the US NIH, and foundations such as the Spencer Foundation. The wide range of disciplines represented at the centre come together in a truly collaborative way. Each year the centre sponsors a variety of workshops and events created by and furthering an intellectual community concerned with bridging boundaries and promoting interdisciplinary research. As the new Director I hope to find new ways to support the superb research and training currently occurring at CPD while maintaining this unique, collegial environment.