Friday Luncheon Seminars

The Harvard Pop Center and the Program on the Global Demography of Aging are pleased to sponsor a Friday Luncheon Seminar series focused on salient issues in population health, demography, and economics. These informal gatherings serve as opportunities for researchers to garner important feedback from others working in similar areas.

We offer a mix of presentations—from standard research dissemination by Pop Center members, to work-in-progress sessions by junior scholars, to research methodology seminars by our staff.

Sessions are scheduled on Fridays from 12:00–1:00 at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, 9 Bow Street, Cambridge, unless otherwise noted.

All Harvard faculty, researchers and students are welcome to attend.

If you would like to receive emails with registration information, please contact Claudette Agustin. *

Winter/Spring 2021

Our winter/spring seminars will be taking place online (registration information will be posted soon).

Friday, January 29: Enryka Christopher, research assistant, Harvard Pop Center, and  Tasdik Hasan, MBBS MPH PGDDM MSc (GMH) PhD candidate, project director at The Johns Hopkins University, will present “Puff or pass: do social media and social interactions influence smoking behaviour of university students? A cross-sectional mixed methods study from Dhaka, Bangladesh.”

Friday, February 5: Anna Grummon, PhD, MSPH, Bell Fellow at Harvard Pop Center, will present “Do calorie labeling laws spur product reformulation? A longitudinal analysis of supermarket foods .”

Friday, February 12: No Seminar

Friday, February 19: Aayush Khadka, PhD candidate in population health sciences (Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health) will present “Prenatal air pollution exposure and pregnancy loss in the United States.”

Friday, February 26: Nidhiya Menon, PhD, professor, department of economics, International Business School, Brandeis University, will present “Impact of pollution from coal on the anemic status of children and women: Evidence from India.”

Friday, March 5: Yanyue Wang (Adelina), PhD, post-doctoral fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), will present “The impact of alternative types of elder care providers: Stratified IV analysis with machine learning using nursing home exits.”

Friday, March  12: No Seminar

Friday, March 19: No Seminar

Friday, March 26: Holly Hummer, PhD candidate in sociology, Harvard University, will present “Pathways to non-parenthood: Insights from qualitative data.”

Friday, April 2: No Seminar

Friday, April 9 – SPECIAL SLOAN SEMINAR – Joanna Lahey, PhD, associate professor, The Bush School of Government & Public Service, Texas A&M University, will present “Age and the labor market for Hispanics in the United States.”

Friday, April 16: No Seminar

Friday, April 23 – SPECIAL SLOAN SEMINAR – Gwen Fisher, PhD, associate professor, director, Occupational Health Psychology Concentration, Colorado State University, will present TBA.

Friday, April 30: Ben Seligman, PhD, MD, geriatrics attending/research fellow at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, will present “Frailty and aging worldwide.”


If you would like to present at a Friday lunch session, please contact Claudette Agustin.

Past Friday Luncheon Seminars