DPRC exists to foster highly innovative, interdisciplinary research in the Population Sciences. The Center seeks to enhance Duke’s traditional strengths in Demography and Population Science and to expand the boundaries of Demographic investigation.
Work by our members integrates a wide range of expertise, from genetics and neuroscience to economics and classical sociology, in projects that emphasize the Center’s strengths across four major themes: Life Course Analysis work takes a “long, broad and deep” view to understand forces like social stressors that influence whether individuals and groups thrive or falter. Biodemography seeks to understand how those forces “get under the skin” by exploring the interactions of human—and primate—biology with the environment. Sampling of populations and analysis of their relationships are pillars of Population Science, and DPRC researchers are developing leading-edge techniques for sampling hard-to-reach populations and for using network methods in rigorous analysis. Another pillar of our field is data collection, for which DPRC researchers are developing a wide range of high-tech innovations. Click on the links at right for more about our Research Themes.
The breadth and depth of our scholars’ research has created a wealth of original data and tools for data collection. View our Data Collections page. Many individual projects also have their own web pages, listed here.
To keep DPRC members at the forefront of Population research, we also offer a Pilot Award Program that takes risks on highly innovative projects. Often these seed grants support primary data collection efforts that frequently lead to NIH funding to pursue a larger project.