Research : Human Geography
The International Population Center was organized in 1985 to promote applied demographic research and to provide demographic technical assistance and consulting, focusing especially on population issues along the U.S.-Mexico Border, as well as elsewhere in the world. It is a "virtual" center drawing as needed upon the physical resources of the Department of Geography (especially CESAR) and upon faculty associates elsewhere in the University (especially in the departments of Economics, Sociology, and the Graduate School of Public Health).
The Population Association of America (PAA) was conceived on December 15th, 1930 at a meeting in the office of Henry Pratt Fairchild at New York University. The PAA was an offshoot of the American National Committee of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) which had been formed in 1927 with Raymond Pearl of The Johns Hopkins University as its first President.
“Food, Ethnicity and Place: Feeding Families and Nourishing Communities” seeks to generate a better understanding of how children and their families make food choices within the constraints and opportunities presented by place, culture and ethnicity. The three-year project, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, focuses on intra-urban differences in food environments and ethnic variations in families’ and children’s food practices in three communities of the City of San Diego: City Heights, Southeastern San Diego and Little Italy. The project investigates residents’ accessibility and relations to the local food environment and identifies the main factors that explain variations within and across the three study areas, including socio-economic characteristics of neighborhoods, their historical transformation into ethnic enclaves, and broader political and economic processes that direct private and public resources and shape the urban landscape. Particular attention is given to the enabling/constraining capacities of place in shaping social reproduction and children's agency in influencing family practices, resisting gendered divisions of labor, and creating new bridges between home and other environments.