Pop Center Seminars

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Our Monday afternoon Pop Center seminar series covers the most recent and innovative research being conducted in population sciences.

Spring 2016 Seminars:

February 22 – The Longer-Term Effects of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami on Health and Well-being  presented by Duncan Thomas, PhD, Norb F. Schaefer Professor of International Studies and Professor of Economics, Global Health and Public Policy in the Department of Economics, Duke University.
Dr. Thomas has spent over a decade researching the aftermath and recovery of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. In this seminar, he will trace the reconstruction of lives and livelihoods in the disaster’s aftermath, paying particular attention to the roles of personal and family resources, kinship and social networks, community strength, and the receipt and leveraging of external aid.

March 28 – Rethinking the Place of People in Sustainable Development: Well-being, Population, Education, Health, and Agency presented by William Clark, PhD, Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy and Human Development in the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy School.
Amartya Sen once said that “we need a vision of mankind not as patients whose interests have to be looked after, but as agents who can do effective things—both individually and jointly.”  The former concept of people has long dominated discourses of sustainable development.  But recently, frameworks for understanding sustainable development have begun to treat “people” in more nuanced and multi-dimensional ways.   In this seminar, Dr. William Clark will sketch the state of play in this conceptual progress, discuss its implications for policy and research, and highlight some of the most problematic questions that remain about the role the people should play in our thinking about sustainability.

April 25 – Cash Transfers: Addressing Structural Determinants to Reduce HIV Risk in Young South African Women presented by Audrey Pettifor, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Researchers and faculty members can arrange one-on-one meetings with our speakers (based on the speaker’s availability). If interested, contact Kayla Rachlin Small.

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