About Us - Overview


The Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology (CSDE) supports population research and training at the University of Washington. It also functions as a regional center that gives population scientists at affiliated institutions in the Pacific Northwest access to cutting-edge demographic infrastructure and services. The core of CSDE consists of a large group of productive population scholars, with disciplinary homes in the departments Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Epidemiology, Statistics, and Psychology, as well as the UW schools of International Studies, Public Affairs, Social Work, Nursing and Public Health. Our faculty affiliates are highly visible members of the population research community. We have drawn faculty into a cohesive research community anchored by a weekly seminar series, collaborative projects, and shared use of state-of-the-art technical, administrative, and consulting services.

The Center maintains active linkages with other research centers on campus in order to promote and foster research collaborations and to expand the scope of research support services. Our most notable linkages are with the Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences, the Northwest Census Research Data Center, the Center for Social Science Computation and Research, and the West Coast Poverty Center.

Research at CSDE continues to advance knowledge on the fundamental issues of demography—-fertility and family change, migration, health and mortality—with new data, new conceptual approaches, and new techniques, as well as to ask new questions about demographic behaviors and population outcomes.

The Center provides research support services and educational opportunities to its members through its graduate student, postdoctoral and mid-career professional training; administrative support for grants; computing services; methods, data and GIS consulting; information services; support in use of biomarkers in research; and the weekly research seminar.

The Center’s main source of funding comes from its substantial and growing portfolio of research, training and infrastructure grants.

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