Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 4th 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm, IBS 155B
Dr. Eduardo S. Brondizio, University of Indiana

Title: Agency, Agents, and Flows at the Rural-Urban Interface in Changing Amazonia:  A Grounded Complex System Perspective

Abstract: During the past 50 years, the Amazon has experienced the co-evolution of central development planning, conservation agendas, global market forces, as well as local social movements, demographic changes, local innovations, and changing expectations of rural and urban populations. Building upon longitudinal research carried out in the region during the past several decades, I propose an interpretation of regional transformation from a ‘grounded complex system perspective’.

The interplay of regional-level changes and the transformation created by local agents is discussed, on the one hand, from the perspective of changing regional infrastructure, governance arrangements, and climate and environment, and on the other hand, from the ground-up, i.e., focusing on the responses and contributions of households and communities to shape the direction of change and the future of the region as a whole. I will pay particular attention to the mechanisms connecting household decisions in rural and urban areas, to changing infrastructure, commodity markets, and forms of mobility. I will then reflect briefly on the challenges of governance and sustainability posed by these changes.

Bio: Dr. Brondizio is a Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for the Analysis of Social-Ecological Landscapes at the University of Indiana, Bloomington. He is also Co-Chair, Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (2016-2019). 

Monday, May 20th 9:00 am - Tuesday, May 21st 5:00 pm, IBS 155
Organized by CU Population Center, Earth Lab, IUSSP Panel on Migration-Climate-Health

Climate change is influencing human migration patterns, while also impacting human health. Innovations in the integration of social and ecological data are essential to move forward these critical research frontiers, as well as to investigate other human dimensions of global environmental change. This conference will move forward understanding of successes, challenges and the potential of social and ecological data integration. Participation by both social and natural scientists is essential in this endeavor.

Since 2008, an average of 26.4 million people per year have been displaced from their homes by natural disasters -- an estimated one person every second.1 Recent IPCC reports suggest some extreme events will become more intense as global temperatures warm.2 Human movement in response to climate extremes have critically important implications for human health in both sending and receiving regions as new health challenges emerge and health systems are increasingly taxed. Climate change also has documented impacts, itself, on human health such as increased heat-related deaths.

During this 2-day conference, Day 1 will open with inspirational speakers reviewing innovations, challenges and needs in socio-ecological data integration with a focus on climate change as related to migration and human health. Afternoon research panels and a poster reception will provide important empirical examples. Day 2 will build on this foundational knowledge in topically-focused working groups aimed to set research agendas, build collaborations, and/or work toward high-impact scientific publications.

Applications are required to ensure adequate space and to identify key thematic areas for working groups. Limited funds are available to support travel expenses. In your submission, please include your CV and describe your interest in the conference including its relation to your research agenda or interests. If interested in presenting your research, please also include an extended abstract. Also please note if funding is required. Participants and presenters will be selected based on research alignment with conference objectives, quality of abstract. Attention will also be paid to maintaining a diversity of representation by discipline, geography, career stage and socio-demographics.

Submit materials by March 18th, decisions will be made by March 22nd.

Questions? CUPC Director:

Application to CUPC Program Manager:

This conference is supported and organized by the University of Colorado Population Center, the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, as well as CU Boulder’s Institute of Behavioral Science, Grand Challenge and Earth Lab. The conference is also supported by Grant 5R13HD078101‐03 from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and has benefited from the NICHD‐funded University of Colorado Population Center (Project 2P2CHD066613-06) for research, administrative and computing support. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government


1 Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre. 2 Global Warming of 1.5°C. An IPCC Special Report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty. 

Sponsored By: CU Population Center, Earth Lab, IUSSP Panel on Migration-Climate-Health

Past Events

Thursday, March 14th 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm, IBS 155
Kathleen Mullan Harris, University of North Carolina

Title: The Importance of Social Factors in Young Adult Health

Abstract: This research talk will present various research findings on the importance of social factors as determinants of young adult health.  Harris will first present an argument for the importance of studying health and disease risks among young people who are thought to be otherwise quite healthy.  She will then provide illustrative findings on the importance of social factors in the development of health and well-being in young adulthood, including the role of social isolation and social integration in social networks, trajectories of health and human capital across adolescence and early adulthood, the differential effects of social mobility among white and minority young adults, and social genetic effects. The implications of her findings identify specific early life stages in which interventions to improve health and reduce disparities would be most effective.

Bio: Kathleen Mullan Harris is the James E. Haar Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Adjunct Professor of Public Policy, and Faculty Fellow at the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on social inequality and health with particular interests in health disparities, biodemography, social genomics, and life course processes. Dr. Harris is Director and Principal Investigator of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) in which she is leading multidisciplinary research on the social, environmental, behavioral, biological and genetic linkages in developmental and health trajectories from adolescence into adulthood. Her publications appear in a wide range of disciplinary journals including demography, genetics, family, epidemiology, biology, public policy, survey methodology, and medicine. She was awarded the Golden Goose Award from the US Congress in 2016 for federally funded research that leads to major breakthroughs in medicine, social behavior, and technological research. Dr. Harris is past president of the Population Association of America and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in demography from the University of Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, March 13th 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm,
Kathleen Mullan

RESCHEDULED.  Due to the impending weather in Boulder and the surrounding areas, the lecture on Wednesday has been cancelled.  Please join us on Thursday for Kathie's lecture at IBS 155 from 12:30-2pm with light snacks and refreshments afterwards.  


Prof. Harris will provide an overview of the health status of young adults in America who came of age during the obesity epidemic using data from the Add Health study, a national longitudinal cohort on U.S. adolescents who were in grades 7-12 in 1994-95 and have been followed for 25 years as they enter into their 30s. Dr. Harris will document the health status and disease risks in this young adult cohort and health disparities across age, sex, race, ethnicity, immigrant status, socioeconomic status and region of residence. In addition, Prof. Harris will report findings on the life course social, environmental, and behavioral precursors of chronic disease risk in young adulthood. Implications of this research portend future health trends for adults entering midlife in America and identify the key life stages and factors to target for intervention to reduce health risks in young adulthood before disease is manifest with its significant costs to individuals, families and society at large. Kathleen Mullan Harris is the James Haar Distinguished Professor of Sociology at UNC Chapel Hill. She is a renowned scholar of social inequality and health, and the Director and Principal Investigator of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health). She was President of the Population Association of America in 2009 and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2014, where she serves as Chair of the Academy’s Committee on Population.

Reception with light snacks and refreshments will follow the lecture.  

Sponsored By: CU Population Center

Thursday, March 7th 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm, IBS 155B
Del Elliott


The Kerner Commission, established by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968 to investigate the causes of the violent race riots in the U.S., recommended the implementation of evidence-based violence prevention programs, noting that “the nation must stop doing what doesn’t work and replicate what does work at a scale equal to the dimensions of our problems.” Subsequent updates of the Commission’s Report have noted some progress in the identification and implementation of evidence-based interventions, but conclude they were relatively rare, local, under-funded, and had little impact on the on-going operation of our major institutions.

The extent to which current American prevention programs, practices and policies are evidence-based and implemented at a scale sufficient to insure a positive course of development for all children and youth is reviewed. As in the initial Report, the focus in this 50-year update is on crime and violence prevention and treatment interventions and, to the extent they are implicated in the causes of criminal behavior, interventions targeting health, education and economic risk and protective factors. Programs that are currently effective in preventing violence and other forms of crime are identified and their levels of dissemination, adoption and impact on crime in America estimated. In addition, current crime prevention programs being implemented at scale that are known to be ineffective or harmful are also identified. Barriers to achieving the violence prevention goals of the Kerner Commission are identified. 


Del Elliott is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus and a Research Professor Emeritus in the Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado Boulder. He was the Founding Director of The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence in the Institute of Behavioral Science and the Founding Director and Principle Investigator for the Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development Initiative until retiring in 2018. He was the Principle Investigator for the first 9 waves of the National Youth Survey, the longest study of criminal behavior and drug use in a national panel of adolescents and young adults in the United States. Del's books include Delinquency and Dropout (1974); The Social Psychology of Runaway (1978); Explaining Delinquency and Drug Use (1985); Multiple Problem Youth: Delinquency, Drugs and Mental Health Problems (1989); Violence in American Schools (1998), Good Kids from Bad Neighborhoods (2006) and The Prevention of Crime (2017). Del served as Chair of the Criminal and Violent Behavior Review Committee (NIMH) and is a past President and Fellow of the American Society of Criminology.

In 1995 he received the prestigious Edwin H. Sutherland Award for outstanding contributions to the field of Criminology from the American Society of Criminology. In 1998 he received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). In 2000 he received the Paul Tappan Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Criminology by the Western Society of Criminology and the Science to Practice Award from the Society for Prevention Research. In November of 2003 he received the August Vollmer Award from the American Society of Criminology and in 2005 he became a Fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology. He was the Senior Science Editor for Youth Violence: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2001. In 2001 he received the U.S. Public Health Service Medallion for Distinguished Service awarded by Dr. David Satcher, U.S. Surgeon General.

Thursday, February 21st 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm, IBS 155B
John Casterline, Ohio State University

Title: Fertility decline in sub-Saharan Africa: In what sense `exceptional’?

Abstract: Sub-Saharan Africa has been late to join the global fertility transition of the decades since WWII, and declines in the region have proceeded slowly once they got underway. In these and other respects, it has become common for scholars to label sub-Saharan African fertility declines as “exceptional”. This research tackles one alleged exceptionality, namely the responsiveness of fertility in Africa to social and economic development. In comparative historical analysis employing panel regression techniques, two questions are examined: (i) Conditional on level of development, is fertility higher in Africa (i.e. “Africa Effect”)? (ii) Has fertility in Africa been less responsive to the processes of economic and social development? Contrary to some existing literature, we answer both questions in the negative.

Bio: John B. Casterline is Robert T. Lazarus Professor in Population Studies at the Ohio State University, Professor of Sociology, and Director of the Institute for Population Research. He has previously held appointments at Pennsylvania State University (2005-06), the Population Council (1994-2004), and Brown University (1984-94). Casterline conducts research on fertility transition and reproductive behavior in low- and mid-income societies. In the past he directed multi-country multi-year projects on diffusion models of fertility change, unmet need for family planning (measurement and causes), and demographic transition in the Arab region. Professor Casterline has participated in primary data collection projects in the Philippines, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi. His current research consists largely of cross-national analyses of contemporary fertility declines, with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. Specific topics of recent investigation include: demand for children and the prospects for fertility decline in Africa; trends in birth-spacing; unwanted fertility (methods of estimation, trends). Casterline’s research has been funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health [NIH], the U.S. Agency for International Development [USAID], the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Casterline is President of the Population Association of America [PAA]. In the past, Casterline served on the Board of Directors of the PAA, on the Committee on Population of the National Academy of Sciences, and on the Governing Council of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population [IUSSP]. He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science [AAAS]. Casterline currently is a member of the Editorial Committee of Population and Development Review, and he also serves on the Editorial Board of Demography. Casterline holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Michigan (1980) and a BA from Yale College (1969, Phi Beta Kappa and Summa cum laude).

Thursday, February 14th 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, IBS 155B
T32 Trainees

The Institute of Behavioral Science and Institute for Behavioral Genetics invite you to attend flash presentations, posters, and discussions of new research from the participants of the training program at the intersection of demography and genetics sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (T32AG052371). 

Brooke Huibregtse

Genes Related to Education Predict Frailty Among Older Adults in the United States

Ryan Milstead

Diabetes and Cognition in Late Adulthood

Justin Vinneau

Mortality and Obesity Among US Adults: The Role of Polygenic Risk

Tom Laidley

Social Genetic Effects of Educational Polygenic Scores within Local Environments

Sponsored By: CU Population Center, Health and Society Program, Institute for Behavioral Genetics, National Institute on Aging (NIH)

Thursday, February 14th 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm, IBS 155B
Chinnu Parinandi, UCB, PoliSci

Title: Which Legislators Pay Attention to Other States' Policies? Comparing Cosponsorship to Floor Voting in the Diffusion of Renewable Portfolio Policy.

Abstract: Existing diffusion research has focused predominantly on analyzing collective decision-making at the adoption stage. Here, we evaluate diffusion at the level of the individual legislator and examine whether external cues play a stronger role in legislator decision-making when in cosponsorship versus adoption via floor voting. Leveraging data on successful and failed efforts across the U.S. states to adopt renewable portfolio standards, we show that the external cue of ideological similarity matters more for the diffusion of RPS policy at adoption stage than cosponsorship. The result reveals that interdependence works differently at different points of the lawmaking process. We suggest that scholars analyze diffusion comprehensively and that they look at diffusion or the strength of interdependence throughout the policy-making process rather than solely at the floor voting or adoption stage.

Bio: I am assistant professor of political science at the University of Colorado at Boulder. I work on the political economy of energy policy and specifically investigate how institutional features of the political process influence energy policy outcomes. My work has been published in Energy Policy and the Journal of Public Policy among other venues, and I am working on a book project about renewable energy policy in the U.S. states.

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