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Population Centers


Association of Population Centers
     Membership of over 30 universities and research centers dedicated to forwarding demographic research, training opportunities, and data sharing.

Carolina Population Center
     A research and training program conducting research on a variety of projects related to health, social, and economic behaviors. Links on the Research Projects page provide information on projects and (on occasion) associated datasets.

Center for Demography and Ecology
     A center for multidisciplinary demographic research, located at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Maintains an extensive collection of data resources and links related to the Center's areas of emphasis.

Cornell Population Program
     CPP has concentrations in the following areas: families and children, health behaviors, and poverty and inquality . It supports competitive seed grants and sponsors a seminar series.

Cornell University

      bullet Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research (BCTR)
          Part of the College of Human Ecology, BCTR aims to address pressing human needs by linking social and behavioral scientists with community practitioners and policy experts. BCTR was formed with merging of two longstanding Cornell centers: the Family Life Development Center and the Bronfenbrenner Life Course Center.

      bullet Population and Development Program
          Based in Cornell's Department of Development Sociology and collaborating with many campus units, the Program supports research and training opportunities related to broad themes in population dynamics.

Institut national d'etudes demographiques
     Demographic and social statistics for French regions and major cities, national historical statistics for Europe and developed countries, health and population statistics for much of the world, by country.

Office of Population Research, Princeton University
     Recent emphasis has been in the areas of child wellbeing, health, urbanization, and migration. OPR maintains a data archive related to its projects, including the Mexican and Latin American Migration Projects, National Longtidudinal Survey of Freshmen, and the New Immigrant Survey. Public-use versions of these data can be downloaded for most projects after user registration .

Population Reference Bureau
     Fosters collaboration and information dissemination on its focus areas: population trends, global health, sustainable development, reproductive health, and child wellbeing. Comprehensive fact sheets for both US and international topics. The DataFinder feature generates tables for over 200 countries and a limited number of US geographies. GraphicsBank contains a wide range of PowerPoint slides illustrating population statistics and trends, albeit for a rather ideosyncratic list of topics. Ameristat articles on US demographic topics are difficult to locate (use the search feature to get a more-or-less complete list) and often include spreadsheet or graphics files for downloading.

Population Research Center, University of Texas
     Emphasizes research on health, children and youth, and demographic topics associated with Latin America and the U.S. border region.

Population Research Institute, Pennsylvania State University
     See especially the SodaPop service, a web-based system for data exploration and extraction. Some datasets available for use by non-Penn State affiliates under their stated usage stipulations.

Population Studies and Training Center
     Affiliated with Brown University, it maintains a strong interest in migration and health demography in Africa.

United Nations

      bullet Population Information Network (POPIN)
          Select Data from the opening screen for links to statisitical sources produced by UN agencies on demographics, health, migration, and education. The Electronic Library http://www.un.org/popin/infoserv.htm has links to a variety of other information formats.

      bullet Population web sites
          Contains links to population information contained on web sites maintained by other UN agencies such as the Statistics Division, UNESCO, and UNICEF.

University of Michigan

      bullet Population Studies Center
          Supports a wide-ranging research and training agenda. Its data center reformats important Census demographic datasets for research use and maintains data extraction tools; these are freely accessible.

      bullet Population Centers on the Web
          List of links to American and international research institutes and organizations that support and promote demographic research.


Lists of International Sites

Committee for International Cooperation in National Research in Demography
     A collaborative consortium of population research centers founded in 1972 and affiliated with the Economic and Social Council of the UN. Search its directory of over 700 centers and national statistical agencies on demographic research by region or country. Entries contain contact information and, where available, URLs.