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

BIARI at Brown 2014

Population and Development: New Approaches to Enduring Global Problems

With the world’s population officially surpassing 7 billion, this institute addressed the crucial and interlinked issues of population and development, particularly as they affect people in the Global South. 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? Participants engaged with cutting-edge theory, innovative and tested research methods, and first-rate scholarship upon which to build their own research programs.



Bianca Dahl is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include humanitarianism and international development, medical anthropology (HIV and AIDS, Social stigma), kinship and childhood, and Botswana.


Daniel J. Smith is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at Brown University and a Faculty Fellow at the Watson Institute. Broadly, Professor Smith's research focuses on understanding the intersection of social change and social reproduction, particularly as it unfolds in population processes and health-related behavior. His work also examines political culture in Nigeria, especially issues related to inequality and development. Much of this work focuses on understanding the intersection of social imagination, politics, and contemporary issues in Nigeria, including democracy, violence, vigilantism, and corruption.