Welcome to EPOPEA – a Research Group on Population, Economics, and the Environment. EPOPEA is one of the research groups of the Center for Regional Development and Planning (Cedeplar), at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG).

Established in 2020 and coordinated by Professors Gilvan Guedes and Alisson Barbieri, EPOPEA focuses on academic and consultancy projects that look at the links between population dynamics, the economy, and the environment. The group coordinators and associated researchers are at leading roles in one of the most important contemporary projects at UFMG – the Brumadinho Project. Recently, the EPOPEA coordinators along with Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, USFQ (Ecuador), and UPCH (Peru) approved an RO1 NIH project on a downscaled early warning system for malaria in the Amazon (MEWS). Other projects are also under way, such as the longitudinal survey on the demographic consequences of technological (Samarco dam failure) and epidemiological (Zika virus) shocks in Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais (a hotspot of international migration in Brazil). Another project on the demographic consequences of Zika Virus, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has also EPOPEA coordinator, Gilvan Guedes, involved. This project is a collaboration between EPOPEA and the University of Texas at Austin, under the leading role of Prof. Letícia Marteleto.

Currently, our research team has professors, students, and independent researchers from a diverse range of scientific fields, including Statistics, Economics, Demography, and Sociology.

Please, explore our site. Here you can find our projects, the human faces behind our research agenda and publications. If you want to contact us, go to the “Contact” option on the website menu or scroll down the page to the very bottom.


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