CPop researchers are united by their goal of advancing knowledge on causes and consequences of ageing and longevity. Their interdisciplinary collaboration has led to a growing number of joint research across demography, epidemiology, biology, mathematics, economics, political science, and humanities. To provide structure for these teams, CPop has developed four Research Clusters which are described in detail below.
CPop continues and further expands research of its predecessor the Max-Planck Odense Center on the Biodemography of Aging (MaxO).
Please click on the individual links below or in the drop down menu to your right to read more about the clusters.
Population dynamics at ages 50 to 90
In terms of mortality and disability, 75 is the new 65 in the sense that 75-year-olds today are about as healthy as 65-year-olds were half a century ago. People still grow old, but they are growing old later in life. We expand research on biological, epidemiological, and socio-economic determinants of ever increasing longevity and study its economic, policy and cultural implications.
Population dynamics at ages above 90
Continued progress in increasing life expectancy and improving health will increasingly depend on trends after age 90 and in the longer run after age 100. Hence it is crucial to study the causes, consequences and dynamics of health, treatment, well-being and survival at ages above 90, with emphasis on centenarians. This can be done in Denmark better than in any other country because of the extensive and highly accurate data available.
Evolutionary Demography/ Biodemography
We develop further the highly successful MaxO research on the evolutionary demography of aging, with a focus on analyses of the distribution of lifespans for humans and across the tree of life and with increased emphasis on conservation demography of endangered species.
Aging Impact Unit
We engage in applied research that both focuses on forecasting the dynamics of population aging in Denmark and the likely social and cultural consequences and policy implications and critically engages public discourse on these questions. CPop has developed considerable strength in developing more powerful methods of forecasting life expectancy and other aspects of population change. We work towards expansion and development of this research to include applied research focused on Denmark—and with possible application to other countries as well.