Global Migration Network

Global migration patterns, primarily from rural to urban areas and from less economically developed countries to economically emerging and established countries, have led to tremendous challenges in population health and urban development, which are intricately connected. Migration research has not kept pace with the rapid changes in migration patterns, the decision processes driving them, and the profound changes in destination communities.

This project will work to establish a network of scholars focused on the health consequences of migration worldwide that engages in a truly global conversation. Specifically, faculty propose to capitalize on the existence of the Columbia Global Centers to create an intellectual web of migration scholars, connected through regional nodes (the Global Centers) to Columbia University via a virtual space. The virtual space will centralize data, information, and scholarship relevant to migration research and will be hosted by the Columbia Population Research Center (CPRC).

In addition to identify key regional migration scholars to recruit into the network and disseminating information about the activities of the network, locally, the centers will host annual network meetings and conferences on a rotating basis. This migration network will greatly impact scholarship, engage Columbia and local scholars with the global centers, and solidify Columbia’s reputation as an agent of innovation in the new, globalized, world.


First Global Migration Web Conference, Jan. 27, 2014




Principal Investigators

Julien Teitler
Associate Professor, School of Social Work

Professor Teitler’s research focuses on the effects of social contexts on health and fertility, and on how social environments and policies affect families and children. Recent studies include cross-national comparisons of fertility trends and health disparities, how welfare participation and mental health affect marriage, and the effect of neighborhood racial composition on birth outcomes. His current projects focus on the measurement of social networks and neighborhoods, changes in immigrant health over time spent in the U.S., explaining trends in teen fertility, and the role of prenatal care on successive fertility. MORE


Sandro Galea
Chair, Department of Epidemiology
Anna Cheskis Gelman and Murray Charles Gelman Professor of Epidemiology

Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH, is a physician and an epidemiologist. Dr. Galea is interested in the social production of health of urban populations. His work explores innovative cells-to-society approaches to population health questions. His primary focus is on the causes of brain disorders, particularly common mood-anxiety disorders and substance abuse. He has long had a particular interest in the consequences of mass trauma and conflict worldwide, including as a result of the September 11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina, conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa, and the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. MORE