About Us

Mission

The Columbia Population Research Center’s primary mission is to advance population research in our four primary areas—children, youth, and families; gender, sexuality, health and HIV; immigration and migration; and urbanism.

To realize this mission, the CPRC is structured—from its steering committee to the facilitation of its primary research area groups—to foster existing and emerging cross-campus research networks and to spark the development of new ones. By supporting an intellectually vibrant and productive multidisciplinary population research community at Columbia, the CPRC will advance population research by producing new knowledge and deploying existing policy-relevant knowledge.

Additionally, Columbia’s location allows the CPRC the unique opportunity to address population issues specific to or aggravated by New York City’s status as a global city. The CPRC strives to further develop the many partnerships of Columbia researchers with researchers at other NYC universities and research centers, city stakeholders (e.g., the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, community-based organizations, and many others), and with international organizations headquartered in NYC, in particular the United Nations.