Jason Davis


, Geography


CPC Office: 123 W Franklin Street, Room 2126H

Dr. Davis' Curriculum Vitae

Jason Davis completed his PhD in Geography at UCSB in 2010. He joined CPC as a post-doc in 2012. He will be an Assistant Professor of Geography beginning Fall 2017.

Jason’s research uses both statistical and ethnographic methods to investigate connections between population, development, and the environment. His primary emphases are on the ramifications of migrant absences and remittances on the well-being of left behind family members—especially children. Jason employs a mix of longitudinal, retrospective and qualitative data to explore the influence of different migration dynamics (South-North, South-South and internal) on left-behind children’s educational attainment and nutrition. He also investigates migration-related fertility and land-use change. His work to date has largely been concentrated in Central and South America. However, he is currently expanding his geographic interest areas to Sub-Saharan Africa and the Philippines (in collaboration with Linda Adair).

In collaboration with Clark Gray and Richard Bilsborrow, Jason has used longitudinal data from five indigenous populations in the Ecuadorian Amazon to investigate their changing migration and fertility behaviors over time. This work has revealed important rural-urban migration flows and increases in contraceptive use that have the potential to reshape population-environment relationships. He has also examined demographic processes as both a catalyst and outcome of environmental change.

Primary Research Areas:

  • Demography

  • Population Health

  • Reproductive Health

Information updated on 1/23/2018

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