Researchers at the Asian Demographic Research Institute (ADRI), Shanghai University, IIASA, the Wittgenstein Center for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, VID/ÖAW, WU) have developed multi-dimensional/multi-state models to study population dynamics at the global, regional, national and sub-national level. Currently, an initiative to disseminate the methodology is undergoing in collaboration with institutional partners in eleven Asian countries/regions (Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Thailand).
The first workshop took place between 7-11 April 2017, organised by Human Capital and Development Pillar at ADRI, Shanghai University with over 25 participants from more than 11 countries. The workshop focused on demographic and data issues in each country followed by an introduction to the methodology of multistate demography. A hands-on training session with an R-package (MS Dem, Multistate Demography) was conducted. While IIASA/ADRI will work with the main scenario, along with the SSPs and some SDG variants hosted on an open-access website, country teams will be enabled to develop their own scenarios