The Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

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 over many social science disciplines. 

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.

Pathways into Program

Although CSDE is not a degree-granting unit, it provides training through mentoring, formal classes, seminars and technical workshops. The CSDE Demographic Methods Certificate Program is the academic pathway for UW graduate students who wish to receive advanced interdisciplinary training in demography, in addition to their discipline-based courses of study. Graduate students in any department interested in gaining demographic training are encouraged to apply to be trainees in the certificate program. Certificate program applications are due at the beginning of autumn quarter.

CSDE offers graduates fellowships through Ruth L. Kirchstein Institutional National Research Service Awards, as part of its Institutional Training Grant, and through the Shanahan Foundation. Current graduate students who are interested in population studies and intend to receive a Ph.D. from Anthropology, Epidemiology, Geography, Health Services, Public Affairs, Social Work, Sociology, and Statistics may apply.