Welcome to the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies!

As a University-wide initiative, we bring together scientists from all corners of the Harvard campus – and beyond – to make exciting advances in population research. With seven billion people living on the planet and a projected nine billion by 2050, our focus is on examining the most nuanced trends and important challenges in this century.

Upcoming seminarsWe are planning our Fall 2014/Spring 2015 seminars…please check back in August for the schedule.


  • Call for PGDA Pilots Now: The Program on the Global Demography of Aging at Harvard University funds pilot project grants in the area of the Economics and Demography of Aging. The aim is to provide assistance to Harvard researchers in undertaking preliminary research that may subsequently lead to a larger research project.
  • On Tuesday, April 29, 2014, the Harvard Pop Centered celebrated its 50th anniversary by holding a symposium titled Reimagining Societies in the Face of Demographic Change. Learn about the issues, experts and outlooks that were a part of the symposium in this article by the Harvard Gazette. Videos of the speaker presentations and panel discussion are now available on the Symposium page of our website.
  • On January 21, 2014, Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman participated in a panel discussion sponsored by The Forum at HSPH (in collaboration with The Huffington Post) titled “Living Longer and Happier Lives: The Science Behind Healthy Aging.” Watch the recorded webcast.
  • On Wed, Nov 20, 2013, Lisa Berkman testified before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging  http://www.sanders.senate.gov/
  • Read about our new study called “Health and Aging in Africa: Longitudinal Studies of INDEPTH communities

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