Watson Institute for Internation and Public Affairs
Brown International Advanced Research Institutes

BIARI at Brown 2012

Population and Development 2012: New Approaches to Enduring Global Problems

In the year when the world’s population passed seven billion, this Institute addressed the crucial and interlinked issues of population and development, particularly as they affect people in the global South. Participants engaged with cutting-edge theory, tested and innovative research methods, and examples of first-rate scholarship upon which to build their own research programs. What are the most significant population issues in the 21st century? How do population dynamics and the policies designed to address them contribute to — or detract from — equitable development? How can theories and methods in the social sciences contribute to understanding the relationship between population and development, and how can this scholarship contribute to better policies and programs? This Institute established a dynamic network of scholars, creating prospects for collaborative and comparative research and opportunities for rich intellectual exchange and joint publications.



Affiliated Researcher at Brown University.
Dahl's work explores the social effects of international humanitarian organizations' efforts to provide aid during Africa's HIV pandemic. She examines how foreign aidworkers' practices intersect with the priorities, shifting modes of self-expression, and daily lives of targeted populations in Botswana.


Ph.D. Emory University 1999; M.P.H. Johns Hopkins University 1989; A.B. Harvard University 1983. Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology Department at Brown University.
Smith conducts research in Nigeria focusing on a range of issues, including social change, political culture, kinship, and health.