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Spatial Data Integration for Demographic Research

Online Training materials and tutorial (English/Spanish)

By Landy Sanchez, CEDUA – COLMEX, and Susana B. Adamo, CIESIN - Columbia University, with the collaboration of Hector Leon, CEDUA – COLMEX. 

  • The goals of this online training are to review the fundamentals of spatial data integration, with an emphasis on remote sensing; present an overview of relevant datasets and services (platforms and tools); develop basic skills for linking demographic and environmental data; and expand the use of specialized sources. 

Support was provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.


Introduction to Digital Demography Online course

Lectures for the 2019-2020 European Doctoral School of Demography (EDSD) in Barcelona,

by Diego Alburez, Research Scientist at the Laboratory of Digital and Computational Demography, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR).

  • In this course, participants will learn how traditional methods used in social sciences can help us make sense of new data sources, and how these new data sources may require new conceptual and methodological approaches.


Bayesian Subnational Estimation using Complex Survey Data

Subnational Estimates of Child Mortality using Complex Survey Data

Lectures by Jon Wakefield and Richard Zehang Li, University of Washington.

  • Open source code to implement the method is publicly available for the R statistical computing environment as the SUMMER package. The training materials available on this page provide additional background, instruction, worked examples, and example code.  

Support was provided by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.


Tools for Demographic Estimation

UNFPA/IUSSP Project on Demographic Estimation from Limited and Defective Data,

by a team based at the University of Cape Town.

  • This site represents the major output arising from a joint IUSSP and UNFPA project to produce a single volume containing updated tools for demographic estimation from limited, deficient and defective data.

Support was provided by UNFPA.


Population Analysis for Policies and Programmes

UNFPA/IUSSP Initiative on Distance-based Training,

by a team at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

  • This course introduces users to the methods used by demographers to analyse population data, and the sources of this data and the methods used to collect this data. Throughout the course, students are introduced to the types of issues of interest to demographers through real examples. Included are sessions that introduce broad areas of research through discussion of both global and national trends and sessions that show how demographic methods may be used in researching a range of areas, such as reproductive health, morbidity and health profiles, and the effects of ageing on a population.

Support was provided by UNFPA.