Population Studies Unit

Population Studies Unit


Chairman : Prof. Dr. Noor Azina Binti Ismail, Dean, Faculty of Economics and Administration (FEA), University of Malaya (UM)

PSU Coordinator: Associate Professor Tey Nai Peng


The Population Studies Unit (PSU) was set up in 1979 as part of the Population and Family Health Project funded by the World Bank and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The PSU is placed under the Dean's office of the Faculty of Economics and Administration (FEA). All academic staff of FEA shall be ordinary members of the PSU. Non-FEA academic staff of the University and members of external agencies may apply for associate membership of the PSU.

The Dean of the FEA is the chairman, and the Deputy Dean for Research and Development is the Deputy Chairman. The day-to-day running of the PSU is performed by a Coordinator appointed by the Dean. The PSU is guided by a board with members from the various faculties, government agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The PSU Board meets twice a year. Minutes of the meetings are presented to the Faculty Meeting. 


PSU Board

PSU Board Members comprise of representatives from the National Population and Family Development Board, Ministru of Health, Economic Planning Unit, Department of Statistics, Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, Ministry of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resources, Federation of Reproductive Health Associations Malaysia (FRHAM), Institute of Gerontology (UPM), National University Malaysia (UKM), and the following faculties and institutes within UM: Faculty of Medicine, and Institute of Research Management Monitoring (IPPP).


Objectives and Functions of PSU

The primary objectives of PSU are to promote research and training on population and population-related issues, and to network researchers in the field of demography and population studies. More specifically, the functions of PSU are:

(1) To provide facilities for research and consultancy and to organize seminars and short-term training programmes in population-related areas;
(2) To serve as a coordinating and/or supervisory agency for projects in population-related areas;
(3) To act as a centre for discussion and activity on population-related issues;
(4) To collate reliable information and statistics and to initiate and maintain a population information centre and a data bank within the FEA;
(5) To publish and disseminate research findings related to population studies both nationally and internationally;
(6) To provide up-to-date information on population related research;
(7) To assist and encourage members to develop and upgrade population courses; and
(8) To perform such other functions as may be approved from time to time by the FEA.


Research Areas

• Population and development (including sectoral development such as health, education and human resource development, and manpower planning)
• Ageing and Age Structural Changes, Social Gerontology
• Internal and International Migration
• Urbanization
• Gender and Family Studies
• Community Participation
• Fertility
• Health and Mortality
• Marriage
• Reproductive Health
• Population projections
• Population Policies and Programs


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