History & Mission

The CUNY Institute for Demographic Research (CIDR) was established by the City University of New York in 2007 as part of a significant commitment to launch New York’s first demographic research and training program, thereby producing an intellectually vibrant community of scholars in that field. It is comprised of affiliates from many of the 23 CUNY campuses. Building on the presence of more than 30 demographers CUNY-wide, the City University of New York hired nine new faculty members in the field during the past few years.

CUNY’s Demography Certificate Program will become an important source of masters and doctoral students trained in demographic studies, to fill the needs for basic and applied researchers not only in the metropolitan area, but also nationally and internationally. The program also promotes a variety of applied and interdisciplinary collaborations. The Institute’s faculty play a leadership role in the instruction of demography courses that students may take to meet requirements for the doctoral, masters, or bachelors degree.

With CUNY’s demography cluster initiative, the University has created the Institute, a home where scholars can gather to exchange ideas and receive the support necessary to accomplish the research agendas they establish. This engagement takes many forms, including cross-campus collaborations of faculty and students, development and support for new research and training initiatives, and a vibrant seminar series sponsored by the Institute, at which demographers from both CUNY and other universities, and from within or outside academia, present work of general interest.

The Institute is housed at Baruch College, in the School of Public Affairs, at 135 East 22nd Street (on Lexington Avenue). Located in the same building is the New York Census Research Data Center (NYCRDC).

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