The Asian MetaCentre (AMC), as a regional center of excellence in population, has organized many international seminars and training workshops in the past. This new initiative will revitalize and broaden its activities with the focus on organizing relevant workshops, providing training for skills development, engaging in research projects and hosting the MetaCentre website. The Asian MetaCentre’s headquarters was shifted from the Asia Research Institute at NUS in Singapore to the University of Shanghai under the collaboration with ADRI since October 2016.
The Asian Demographic Research Institute (ADRI), a population research institute based at Shanghai University, has served as new home for AMC since it reached a collaborative agreement with the principal investigators of the Asian MetaCentre for Population and Sustainable Development Analysis and has functioned as the headquarter of the MetaCentre from 2016. 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.
In addition to ADRI, the Asia Research Institute (ARI) at the National University of Singapore; the College of Population Studies (CPS), Chulalongkorn University, Thailand and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria. The National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH), Australian National University are principal collaborator for the MetaCentre.
With the support of those institutes, the AMC creates a platform for regional collaboration in demographic research and training, through fostering research projects of common interest, holding annual Asian Population Fora, organizing demographic training workshops around the region, and hosting international visiting scholars.