Exploratory Workshops


Through a competitive application process, the Harvard Pop Center funds exploratory or themed workshops developed by its faculty members as a means of aiding in the advancement of emerging population study fields. Each winter we invite our members to submit proposals for one-day workshops to be held at the Pop Center in the upcoming year. Topics are derived from a number of disciplines – global health, demography, economics, biology, sociology, social epi, etc. The workshops are open to the Harvard community at large with the aim of attracting both senior scientists as well as young, independent researchers. The relatively small scale (in terms of people involved) of the sessions provide an ideal platform for focus on a specific topic and for all participants to contribute to discussions, as well as plan follow-up collaborative work and possibly even grant submissions.

Upcoming Workshops:

  • Stay tuned for workshops in the 2014-2015 academic year

Past Workshops:

  • Friday, April 11, 2014 – “Applying Social Science Insights to Improve Public Health.” Faculty conveners: Ichiro Kawachi, Chair, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Social Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health and Christina Roberto, RWJF Health and Society Scholar
  • Friday, November 8, 2013 – “Under What Conditions is Educational Attainment Causally Related to Health/Mortality?” Faculty conveners: David CutlerOtto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics, Harvard University, Jennifer MontezAssistant Professor of Sociology, Case Western Reserve University, and Esther Friedman, Associate Social Scientist, RAND University
  • Monday, June 11, 2012 – “Longitudinal Study of the Social, Economic and Health Consequences of Natural Disasters.” Faculty convener: Mary C. Waters, PhD, M.E. Zukerman Professor of Sociology, Harvard
  • Thursday, September 13, 2012 – “Universal Health Coverage: Challenges, Measurements, and Evaluation Strategies.” Faculty convener: Chunling Lu, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and in Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School
  • Friday, September 28, 2012 – “Is There Compression of Morbidity? Evidence and Consequences.” Faculty conveners: Subu Subramanian, PhD, Professor of Population Health and Geography, HSPH and Hiram Beltran-Sanchez, PhD, David E. Bell Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies
  • Tuesday, October 23, 2012 – “Advancing the Research Infrastructure for Cross-National Comparative Research on Social Inequalities in Health.” Faculty convener: Jason Beckfield, Professor of Sociology, Harvard
  • Wednesday, October 24, 2012 – “Exploring the Causal Links Between Education and Mortality,” Faculty conveners: Jennifer Karas Montez, PhD, RWJF Health & Society Scholar at Harvard and Esther Friedman, PhD, PhD, RWJF Health & Society Scholar at Harvard