Navigating AIDS in Rural Malawi

The Globalization Research Center-Africa presents Dr. Susan Watkins discussing AIDS in Malawi.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
10367 Bunche Hall
10th floor
UCLA campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Dr. Susan Watkins is a Visiting Research Scientist for the California Center for Population Research at UCLA and Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Watkins' work has focused on large-scale demographic and social change, specifically:

1) fertility transitions in historical Europe and the US and in contemporary Africa;

2) the AIDS epidemic in Africa;

3) the role of social networks in these changes.

In pursuing these interests, Watkins and her colleagues organized two longitudinal survey projects, one in Kenya and more recently, a larger project in Malawi. 

Dr. Watkins will take an appointment as Senior Research Scientist and Director of African Demography at the California Center for Population Research (CCPR) in 2008.

This presentation is sponsored by the Globalization Research Center-Africa (GRCA).  For more information about GRCA and/or this event, call 310-267-4054 or email or visit

About GRCA:
The UCLA Globalization Research Center-Africa (GRCA) conducts research on the dynamics and effects of globalization, with particular emphasis on impacts within Africa.  The overall aim of the Center is to engage in research on ways global forces impact upon African societies; the ways in which African societies have an impact upon the globalization process; and the comparative, cross national and cross cultural comparison of global processes as they relate to Africa.  This work is policy relevant, and its results are to be widely distributed to educators, educational institutions, policy makers and the public at large.  Our intention is to develop an institution open to collaboration with and input from different disciplines in academia, and to partnership with other research endeavors in both the public and private sectors.

For more info about the specific project on HIV/AIDS, visit

Globalization Research Center- Africa: HIV/AIDS Initiative
HIV/AIDS is an acknowledged global problem.  No race on earth can claim to have been spared.  Globally, over 42 million people are living with HIV/AIDS, twenty-nine million of whom are on the African continent.  The pandemic has already claimed over three million lives.  The magnitude of the impact of the spread of HIV/AIDS specifically represents the extent to which dealing with the pandemic is a crisis for Africa.  The HIV/AIDS Initiative of the Globalization Research Center-Africa is an attempt to contribute towards investigating solutions to this problem.  HIV/AIDS is a problem with multifaceted dimensions, all of which have global implications.  An enumeration of some of these is telling in itself.

Edith Mukudi Omwami is the coordinator of this project.

Cost : Free and open to the public; parking is available for $8.

For more information please contact:

Globalization Research Center-AfricaTel: 310-267-4054

Sponsor(s): Globalization Research Center - Africa