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Columbia Population Research Center


The Columbia Population Research Center is a multidisciplinary community of scholars unified by a commitment to research that addresses the health and well-being of vulnerable populations in the context of local and global inequalities and informs policies affecting those populations.

The Columbia Population Research Center integrates demographers, sociologists, political scientists, lawyers, economists, statisticians, historians, physicians, and social and public health workers. Together, our common aim is to promote the health and well-being of vulnerable populations.

We approach these populations—poor men, women, children, and families; cross-border and rural-urban migrants; racial, ethnic, and sexual minorities; persons with or at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections—in the context of local and global social and economic inequalities. Correspondingly, our research extends from the urban laboratory that is New York City to over 50 developing countries.

The Columbia Population Research Center’s primary mission is to advance population research in our four signature areas—children, youth, and families; HIV/AIDS and reproductive health; immigration and migration; and urbanism.

To realize this mission, CPRC is structured—from its steering committee to the facilitation of its signature research area groups—to foster existing and emerging cross-campus research networks and to spark the development of new ones. By supporting an intellectually vibrant and productive multidisciplinary population research community at Columbia, CPRC will advance population research by producing new knowledge, deploying existing policy-relevant knowledge, and training the next generation of population researchers.

Additionally, Columbia’s location allows CPRC the unique opportunity to address population issues specific to or aggravated by New York City’s status as a global city. CPRC strives to further develop the many partnerships of Columbia researchers with researchers at other NYC universities and research centers, city stakeholders (e.g., the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, community-based organizations, and many others), and with international organizations headquartered in NYC, in particular the United Nations.


  • Jonathan R. Cole Professor of Sociology
  • Professor
  • Giddings Professor of Sociology, Director, Institute of Social And Economic Research and Policy
  • Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology
  • Mitchell I. Ginsberg Professor of Contemporary Urban Problems in the Faculty of Social Work
  • Professor of Social Work
  • Associate Professor of Sociology
  • Professor of Sociomedical Sciences and Population and Family Health at the Columbia University Medical Center
  • Special Research Scientist in the Department Sociomedical Sciences
  • Harriet and Robert H. Heilbrunn Professor of Population and Family Health, Professor of Pediatrics, Chair, Department of Population and Family Health
  • Special Research Scholar in the Center for Sustainable Urban Development in the Earth Institute, Special Lecturer in Architecture, Planning and Preservation and in Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology
  • Professor of Social Work