DuPRI consists of a network of population scientists from across Duke University. It was created to bring together faculty, post-doctoral researchers and graduate students at Duke who are already involved in innovative interdisciplinary demographic and population research investigations. It represents the population sciences to the Provost via the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI). DuPRI's goals are:
- To organize the breadth and depth of population research at Duke into a synergistic whole much greater than the sum of its parts
- To attract to the Duke faculty some of the field's most highly acclaimed researchers as well as some of the field's most outstanding new talent
- To expand the intellectual activity at Duke devoted to population research in the classroom as well as in the laboratory and in the field
To accomplish these goals, DuPRI is organized around three broad research programs – Health and Human Development, Population Health and Aging, and Network Analysis. Within these substantive areas, researchers use an unusually wide set of methods, many of which have been pioneered by our researchers, including: statistical and mathematical modeling; measurement of biological processes and analyses of their influence across human and primate populations; analyses of social networks and their influence on population processes; and ethnography and mixed methods.
DuPRI offers assistance to faculty associates and affiliates through all stages of the grants process: from proposal development and submission through research administration responsibilities. DuPRI grant specialists work closely with faculty and SSRI as well as with the Office of Research Support and the Office of Sponsored Programs throughout the lifecycle of a grant. For more information or assistance, please contact the Grants staff.
DuPRI also provides central support for training activities at the pre- and postdoctoral levels by providing sites for training activities, programming support for workshops, seminar series and conferences, travel planning and other research-related resources not available elsewhere.
DuPRI gives Duke University an internationally-recognized world-class asset in the field of population research. Institute members have joined together to push the current boundaries of investigation, especially by including faculty researchers from a broad and exciting set of disciplines, including the life sciences. DuPRI is affiliated with Duke's Social Science Research Institute (SSRI).