Friday Luncheon Seminars

The Harvard Pop Center 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, MA. Please note that these seminars will be taking place online via Zoom for winter/spring 2022, 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 Laura Price.

Fall 2022

The Friday Seminars for fall 2022 will be posted here late summer/early fall 2022.

Winter/Spring 2022

The letters HAALSI filled with images of South Africa

Friday, February 18: Highlighting HAALSI, a longitudinal research study at Harvard fueling health discoveries in an aging, sub-Saharan African population

Across much of sub-Saharan Africa, HIV-related mortality has dramatically declined thanks to advancements in antiretroviral therapy. However, while many are now living longer, they are also experiencing higher rates of geriatric illnesses and other non-communicable diseases. The consequences of population aging in rural, low-income settings have not received much of the research spotlight, until now. Researchers at The Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies are working in partnership with MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit (Agincourt) at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, and The INDEPTH Network (a global network of health and demographic surveillance systems) to explore the biological, social, and economic determinants of chronic diseases in an understudied, aging population, and how these findings can help us better understand aging in a global context.

In this one-hour virtual seminar, Harvard researchers will provide an overview of Health and Aging in Africa: A Longitudinal Study of an INDEPTH Community in South Africa (HAALSI), a cohort study following approximately 5,000 men and women over the age of 40 in rural South Africa. The project, which began in 2013 and is currently in its third wave of data collection, captures indicators related to illnesses often seen in aging populations — CVD, diabetes, and dementia, to name a few. The seminar will present the project goals (including harmonization with other global “sister” studies to the Health and Retirement Studies), and describe the HAALSI cohort, projects, surveys, waves, and available data, including information on how to access data. It will also introduce HAALSI’s ancillary project dedicated to the epidemiology of dementia, which incorporates additional cognitive, clinical, and biomarker data which is harmonized with other international dementia studies.

Head shot of Aashish Gupta

Friday, March 25: Aashish Gupta, PhD, David E. Bell Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

Aashish Gupta will present Mortality surveillance in the tropics: Evidence from the ‘recent household members’ deaths’ approach in India.
Head shot of Nino Cricco

Friday, April 22: Nino Cricco, PhD student in sociology, Harvard University

Nino Cricco, PhD student in sociology, Harvard University, will present Own earnings, spouses’ earnings, and U.S. men and women’s intergenerational mobility.


If you would like to present at a Friday lunch session, please contact Laura Price

Past Friday Luncheon Seminars