Within the area of population dynamics, we aim to focus on (a) Population Health and (b) Family Change, Fertility, and Migration.
Understanding Public Health Concerns: the Causes and the Consequences
The population health programs are directed towards understanding public health concerns, socio-cultural and economic causes and consequences, and inequalities in health care practices among different sections of people. Specific focus areas include preventive aspects of health care practices, public awareness of various diseases such as HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases), safer-sex practices and family planning, elderly and child health, women’s reproductive health, infectious and degenerative diseases (such as malaria, cholera, diarrhea, cancer), child immunization, environmental sanitation, and health-risk behaviors among the most vulnerable sections of the population. In addition, in the context of more than ten years of conflict within the nation, existing long term conditions of the stresses of poverty and social disadvantage have been exacerbated by the terror and trauma of the conflict period. We also aim to develop a better understanding of the underlying conditions and issues related to the mental health of people in the country.
Family Change, Fertility and Migration
Understanding the Role of Population Dynamics on Social Change
This priority area is motivated by the desire to deepen public understanding of population processes, family change, their inter-linkages with social, economic and environmental aspects, and their influences on human well-being. Our research programs include the study of changes in population processes such as marriage, childbearing, contraceptive use, living arrangements, family relations and the impact of such changes on the physical environment. We also focus on the causes and consequences of both internal and international migration on the local social, cultural, economic, and environmental conditions.