The Institute for Population Research [IPR] is a multi-disciplinary research center which nurtures population and health research at Ohio State University. IPR has four major thematic emphases: fertility and reproductive health; union formation/dissolution; health and development through the life course; migration. Beyond these four themes, IPR supports research in all facets of population and health, broadly defined. IPR faculty and graduate student affiliates span six colleges and sixteen departments, and IPR serves as a bridge between behavioral and biomedical scientists at OSU. Activities and services include: seed grant program; data services (with emphasis on secure/restricted data); travel support for participation in conferences; administrative assistance in the submission of applications for external funding; weekly seminar; office space. IPR prioritizes investments in multi-disciplinary projects and in junior faculty.
The Institute for Population Research was established in 2000 as the Initiative in Population Research with the goal of building excellence at Ohio State in population and health research.
IPR's growth since 2006 has accelerated thanks to funds from the OSU Population and Health Targeted Investment in Excellence (TIE). In 2009, IPR received a highly-competitive five-year $2.2 million infrastructure award from the National Institutes of Health/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), which was renewed in 2014 with an additional $2.2 million NICHD award P2C-HD058484.
In 2012, the OSU Faculty Senate approved IPR’s proposal to become a university center, and IPR was renamed Institute for Population Research.
Leadership and Staff
Our Director is Dr. John Casterline, Robert T. Lazarus Professor in Population Studies and Professor of Sociology. Our Associate Director is Dr. Pamela Salsberry, Associate Dean for Community Outreach and Engagement and Professor of Public Health. Ms. Susan Pennington is our Office Manager. Ms. Jill Morris is our Program Manager.
Infrastructure and Services
IPR occupies a 6000 sq ft suite of offices in OSU's Townshend Hall, comprising several faculty affiliate offices, a dedicated seminar room, graduate student suite, and space for hosting research projects including those requiring special consideration for restricted or sensitive data.
IPR has a Grants Manager, Jill Morris, on staff who provides assistance in the submission of proposals for external funding (especially NIH).
Through IPR's Geographic Core, IPR offers advice on incorporating geographic analysis in population and health research projects. Those who wish to make use of this service should contact IPR Director John Casterline.
Seminars - Weekly seminars provide a forum for scholars from other universities and OSU faculty to present ongoing research to a multidisciplinary audience. The Huber Lecture in the Spring features an eminent scholar from outside OSU.
Methodological Workshops - IPR organizes one two-day didactic workshop for members of the OSU community. In 2008-09, the topic was Missing Data; in 2009-10, Geographic Analysis; 2010-11's workshop topic was Complex Systems and Agent-Based Modeling.
Ninety-minute didactic seminars are also offered occasionally as part of IPR’s weekly seminar series.
Working Groups - Working groups are an opportunity for a small set of IPR affiliates to explore research areas that are of great significance and/or newly emerging. Recent working groups have been organized for health disparities, geographic analysis of health, and complex systems analysis.
Seed Grants - IPR annually extends 4-8 seed grants to affiliates for work towards submission of proposals for external funding. Priority is given to multi-disciplinary projects and to more junior faculty.
Graduate Students - IPR provides office space for ten graduate students, and graduate students are active participants in all of the activities listed above. Each Autumn, IPR organizes a graduate student conference jointly with the population center at Bowling Green State University. In 2015, IPR began offering the Graduate Interdisplinary Specialization in Demography; new cohorts enroll each Autumn.