Stanford Center for Population Research


The Stanford Center for Population Research supports, encourages and facilitates research and training in population studies. It endeavors to bring a diverse group of scientists together for studying the complex processes connected with the size, distribution, and composition of human populations.  The Center's core research themes are:

  •  Formal Demography
  •  Biodemography, including genetics and life histories
  •  Economic Demography
  •  Human Evolution
  •  Cultural and Intergenerational Processes
  •  Mortality and International Health

The Center offers seed grants to Stanford faculty for demographic research; initiates and supports collaborations among Stanford researchers in the social and biological sciences that will advance demographic research; sponsors colloquia, conferences, workshops, research networks, and special data collections; and fosters links and collaborations in population studies between researchers at Stanford and at population centers around the U.S. and internationally. The Center is an affiliate of the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences.

More on SCPR

SCPR Updates

SCPR affiliate named to endowed chair

Noah Rosenberg, an affiliate of the Stanford Center for Population Research, was named to an endowed chair on Friday, October 10, 2014. He will hold the Stanford Professorship in Population Genetics and Society.

More food, fewer fumes

SCPR affiliate, Peter Vitousek, suggests a new way to manage soil and crops in China that would increase production while decreasing the environmental impact of agriculture. Read more.

Shripad Tuljapurkar's publication in Demography

The measure of a nation's health is life expectancy. But comparing life expectancies doesn't tell us why one country is better then another: is it a difference in the health of the young, the old, or both? Researchers at Stanford University, in a paper in the journal Demography, show that the US has done worse than other wealthy countries at improving health for working-age adults. Read the Stanford Report article.