Population science is defined broadly as the study of human populations. Major research foci include fertility, mortality, migration, family formation, enumeration, population aging, demographic methodology, health and morbidity, labor markets, and human capital formation. One core area of population scholarship at UCI involves the study of socioeconomic inequality. Gaps in the economic and educational opportunities of children and adults in the top and bottom quintiles of the family income distribution have widened dramatically in past decades in both the US and many other countries. And inequality across countries continues to drive global issues such as migration. Moreover, poverty is often persistent both within and across countries.
Many faculty at UCI investigate the causes and consequences of this inequality as well as policies and other strategies designed to improve well-being of the less advantaged – including employment, education, income, and housing. UCI researchers across the social sciences, public health, education, social ecology, and natural sciences have a track record of high quality population research on inequality – research that spans disciplinary boundaries and important areas of public policy.
The Center for Population, Inequality, and Policy (CPIP) is focused on:
- Support and promotion of successful applications for external grants on inequality and related topics in population science.
- Provision of a “big data” infrastructure to strengthen UCI’s capacity to conduct research.
- Creation of an institutional environment that attracts and integrates new faculty and graduate students into this across-campus endeavor.
- Fostering of regular, ongoing intellectual exploration and collaboration among UCI scholars in many disciplines who share interests in reducing inequality via improving socioeconomic outcomes for the less advantaged.
- Active translation of this research to policymakers.
At CPIP, we are building on an existing base of strong, funded interdisciplinary work to create a world-class, nationally- and internationally-recognized center.