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 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/

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