About CPC

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The Carolina Population Center is a community of outstanding scholars and professionals associated to

  • create new knowledge about population size, structure, and processes of change
  • develop new sources of data to support population research
  • promote the development and use of innovative methodologies
  • build skills and capacity and train the next generation of scholars
  • disseminate data and findings to population professionals, policy-makers, and the public

CPC faculty and students work together on path-breaking research to address population issues in 85 countries and across the US, as well as locally, in central North Carolina. Based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the center is rich in expertise, with 66 active faculty fellows (representing 15 departments in 5 schools or colleges), 54 predoctoral and postdoctoral scholars, and a highly skilled staff.

Scope of Research

Presently, CPC faculty fellows are engaged in funded population-related research on more than 50 projects, most supported by federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, US Public Health Service, and US Agency for International Development. CPC’s research portfolio spans social science and health disciplines and is often collaborative and multidisciplinary. The collaborative setting provided by CPC allows discipline-based projects to benefit from expertise in and expanded perspectives from other fields and provides a fertile context for the cross-pollination of ideas across disciplines.

Here are a few examples of pivotal and substantial research projects underway:

  • assessing the long-term health status of US adolescents and exploring the causes of their health-related behaviors
  • analyzing the effects of family structure and employment dynamics on child outcomes in the US
  • identifying etiologic factors for preterm births in North Carolina, to inform state and US public health policy
  • using recently developed cellular automation procedures to model land cover change in relation to population change in Nang Rong, Thailand
  • examining how health, nutrition, and other factors affect education, work, and wages of Filipino youth
  • analyzing individual and household responses to rapid social and economic change in Russia and China

The Training Program

CPC’s predoctoral and postdoctoral training programs attract exceptional scholars from a broad range of disciplines. Trainees work one-on-one with faculty preceptors on significant research projects, attend and lead weekly seminars, and study population issues as well as ethics and human subjects protection.

The Organization

CPC was established in 1966 and has evolved as a preeminent population center, known for high-quality research and training. The center provides the intellectual environment and resources to support UNC faculty, allowing truly interdisciplinary projects that transcend departmental lines and geographic boundaries. The elected faculty fellows constitute the center’s permanent and vital core, and the center devotes its resources to facilitating their research. Professional staff provide a variety of research services:

Employment Opportunities

CPC seeks employees with skills, experience, and commitment to further knowledge in population research. CPC does not hire faculty or admit graduate students; academic departments at UNC-CH are responsible for these activities. Please see Employment for current openings at CPC.

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