Sarah Brauner-Otto, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, McGill University

Principle Investigator

Brauner-Otto is a social demographer studying global family change. Her research, broadly characterized, focuses on how social context (e.g. schools, community organizations, neighborhoods, families, and the natural environment) is related to demographic behaviors (fertility, contraceptive use, marriage, aging) over the life course. Much of her research takes a micro-level perspective to delve into social influences on family across the globe and her work in this area in low fertility countries led to the creation of HoMe: Housing Metrics Database. Across low fertility countries most young adults postpone childbearing until they have their own dwelling unit, and yet the relationship between housing contexts and fertility is little studied or understood. This project explores the varying housing contexts in which this postponement occurs, and uses the data shared here to examine the relationship between dimensions of the various dimensions of the housing contexts (e.g. housing policies and housing markets) and fertility.


Ronald Rindfuss, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Emeritus Researcher

As co-Principle Investigator in the early years of this project Rindfuss was crucial to the intellectual work behind this massive data collection. He was instrumental in the theoretical work to identify important substantive areas, locating data sources, and drafting the initial grant proposal that funded the data collection.


Corrina Vali

Web Designer and Data Visualization Expert

Vali was a fourth year student at McGill University studying Honours International Development with Economics. She worked on web design and data visualization through R and ArcGIS for the Housing Metrics Database.


Dana Wray

Data visualization expert

Wray was an undergraduate and MA graduate student in the Department of Sociology at McGill University. Her work on this project was crucial in developing the various data visualizations presented on this website.


Research Assistants

From January 2014-May 2017 a team of undergraduate and graduate students from McGill University were responsible for collecting all the data found here.

  • Angela Kalyta—lead research assistant
  • Researchers (in alphabetical order): Amal Al-Ashtal, Tess Goldhagen, Yihui Liang, Tamar Livingston, Jesse Shuster-Leibner, Sherry Yin