Asian Demographic Research Institute (ADRI)

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Introduction to ADRI

The Asian Demographic Research Institute (ADRI), a population research institute based at Shanghai University, was launched in July 2015. The core of the scientific foundation of the institute is formal demography. Building on the methods of multi-dimensional demography, ADRI studies population dynamics by age, gender, education, rural/urban residence, household status, and health condition. These formal models cater for a wide range of policy-relevant topics in population research and population -economy-environment interactions.

The institute also creates a platform for regional collaboration in demographic research and training, through fostering research projects of common interest, holding annual Asian Population Forum, organizing demographic training workshops around the region, and hosting international visiting scholars. It has also reached a collaborative agreement with the principal investigators of the Asian MetaCentre for Population and Sustainable Development Analysis and has functioned as the headquarters of the MetaCentre from 2016.

Research Areas

  • Population and Environment/Climate Change

The research on Population-Environment and Climate Change is dedicated to comprehensively examining the relationship between population dynamics and environment and climate change, with an emphasis on Asia. It explores whether, how, and where the changes in population size, composition and spatial distribution affect the environment and climate systems on the one hand, and how environmental and climate changes influence the human population, on the other.

Leader: Jiang Leiwen (

  • Human Capital and Development

The research aims to achieve, through research and modeling, a good understanding of issues related to fertility, mortality, migration, human capital, and development in Asia at a national and sub-national level. For this purpose, the research pillar will develop a harmonized database from census and surveys relevant to demographic and human capital (education and health) characteristics and differential behaviors of the population. The database will be then used to conduct comparative analysis across Asia at national and sub-national levels (in larger countries) to analyze differential progression in various demographic and human capitals related processes.

Leader: Samir KC (

  • International Migration

Research in the International Migration at ADRI is focused in two areas. The first area is based on quantifying migration patterns. Often international migration data is missing or of poor quality. We use statistical methods to estimate migration patterns at the global, Asian and national level by combining a variety of data, ranging from national statistics to new emerging data sources from social media.  The second area of research is based on the assessment of past and future migration trends. International migration patterns are becoming an increasingly important social, economic and demographic issue in Asia.

Leader: Guy Abel (

  • Internal Migration and Urbanization

Works of the research are conducted under two overarching themes: the mobility transition and the settlement transition. The former is related to the changing levels, forms, patterns and spatial impacts of population mobility, and the latter is related to the changing levels and forms of population concentration in human settlements.

Leader: Yu Zhu (

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