The Asian MetaCentre for Population and Sustainable Development (AMC), as a regional center of excellence in population, has organized many international seminars and training workshops over the years. The Asian MetaCentre’s headquarters was moved from the Asia Research Institute at NUS in Singapore to the Asian Demographic Research Institute at Shanghai University under the collaboration agreement in October 2016. It will revitalize and broaden AMC’s activities with the focus on organizing relevant workshops, providing training for skills development, engaging in research projects and managing the MetaCentre website.
The Asian Demographic Research Institute (ADRI), a demographic research institute based at Shanghai University, has served as new home for AMC since it reached a collaborative agreement with the principal investigators of AMC and has functioned as the headquarters of AMC 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 are widely applied in the studies of 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) at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand and, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria are principal collaborators for AMC. With the support of those institutes, AMC 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.