Population: An Ethical Inquiry
: 6-10 weeks, up to 20 hours/week
Number of Positions
: Hourly Princeton student RA rate, based on actual hours worked
: Peter Singer
, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values
: Together with two non-Princeton colleagues, Frances Kissling and Alex Ezeh, Professor Peter Singer is planning a book on population issues: is there a problem about population growth, either globally or regionally, and if so, what would be an ethical response to it? For this project, there will be country specific data that tracks increased use of contraception with improvements in women's status and well-being, completion of high school, employment, reduced domestic violence, improvements in maternal mortality and morbidity and other measures. The countries involved would include, but not be limited to, some from sub-Saharan Africa.
Research Assistant Responsibilities
: The RA will be tasked with researching the following topic areas:
- The relationship between poverty and population in both directions, i.e. what does poverty have to do with population growth, and what does population growth have to do with poverty?
- Issues relating to a possible overemphasis on the provision of contraception, sterilization and abortion as the solution to global problems; also, the benefits of family planning to women’s health and empowerment and the extent to which women themselves want access to family planning.
- Current debates surrounding population growth in African countries.
: Previous experience in qualitative and quantitative data analysis and undertaking literature reviews is desired.