Population Aging

The range of demographic change is probably nowhere more diverse than among Pacific Rim economies. Japan has the oldest population in the world and its population number is declining. While Indonesia is one of the economies in the world with the youngest people and its population is increasing in numbers. China with its one-child-policy is facing a rapid aging of its population in the next 20-30 years. Also other Asian economies are facing a decline in fertility rates and its workforces are growing older. Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States attracted a lot of young migrants that influenced the demographic change in the respective economies and their home economies as well. Over a period of six years APRU member universities have hosted five research symposiums on aging in the Asia-Pacific to discuss the impact of population aging and to share solutions from all other the Pacific Rim. In 2015 the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Aging Research and UNSW Australia implemented a new APRU Research Hub on Population aging to deepen the collaboration among junior and senior researchers on Aging in the Asia-Pacific. The hub was launched at the 2015 research symposium and a three year plan is now being implemented with the objective to share best practice and showcase research, to engage with governments and industry, and to stimulate new and relevant research collaborations.

APRU Aging in the Asia-Pacific Workshop 2017 for Junior Gerontologists

APRU Aging in the Asia-Pacific Workshop 2017 for Junior Gerontologists
Action Research for Age-Friendly Community
November 9 - 11, 2017
Hongo Campus, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Abstract submission deadline is now EXTENDED to July 31, 2017
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Workshop Overview:

This three-day workshop will offer participants a unique opportunity to learn about and share ideas on action research in aging communities. Action research is a collaborative inquiry conducted with those affected by the problem for deciphering and solving the issues of the community.

The workshop will involve lectures and site visits to actual action research sites, as well as opportunities to present and discuss your research and/or ideas on action research.

This workshop is targeted at junior gerontologists currently working or wishing to work in a field of community aging and action research for an age-friendly society. The workshop will offer an opportunity for participants to network with other junior researchers and communities struggling to establish an age-friendly society.

8th APRU Population Aging Conference

8th APRU Population Aging Conference
Aging and Resilience in the 21st Century
October 11-13, 2017, Singapore

Abstract Submission Deadline EXTENDED to July 31

 Join us in the signature conference focusing on defining, measuring and improving resilience in older adults in the age of longevity!

Conference Overview

The world is aging. The number of people aged 65 or above is projected to triple by mid of this century, from 531 million in 2010 to 1.5 billion in 2050.

By the middle of the 21st century, most countries would be trading their young for the old as the share of their population aged 65 or above surpasses those below 15. This demographic shift is accompanied by wider changes in the society including amongst others continuing low fertility rates, late marriages, preference for singlehood and migration.  

Academics and policy makers recognize the need for self-reliance of older adults as family sizes shrink and longer lives challenge financial and social adaptations. Successful adaptation to aging requires the resilience of the individual, family, and society.  With this conference we aim to explore different ways of defining and measuring resilience as well as ways to enhance resilience at all levels including physical, psychological and social in older adults and their families. Innovative measures at the policy and program levels will be featured.

APRU Research Experts say APEC Economies Must Build Educated and Mobile Workforces to Offset the Negative Impact of Aging Populations

(L-R) Rafal Chomik (Senior Research Fellow, CEPAR, UNSW Sydney) Christina Schönleber (Deputy Director (APRU International Secretariat)), John Piggot (Scientia Professor, Director, CEPAR, UNSW Sydney and APRU Population Ageing Research Hub Chair) and Albert Park (Professor of Economics, HKUST and APRU Population Ageing Research Steering Group Member).

Member economies of the APEC Forum need to do a lot more to promote economic growth to combat population ageing, according to a paper presented at the Workshop on the Development of an APEC Labor Mobility Framework in Nha Trang, Viet Nam on February 18.

Representatives from APEC member economies and global experts convened at the Workshop in Viet Nam to share views on the diverse factors which affect mobility of labor and skills in the region and to develop a way forward for the general APEC membership.

The report by APRU experts Rafal Chomik, John Piggott and Peter McDonald, which was commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Employment to APRU, aims to influence a regional framework on labor mobility issues. The report suggests that cooperation in migration policy, education, and technology transfer would allow emerging economies within APEC to increase rates of growth, countering the “headwinds” of population ageing.

7th APRU Research Symposium on Ageing in the Asia-Pacific

The 7th APRU Research Symposium on Ageing in the Asia-Pacific
November 6-8, 2016, Peking University, Beijing, China

The 7th APRU Population Ageing Symposium with the theme “Ageing Innovation and Sustainable Development” was held at Peking University (PKU) on 7- 8 November, 2016. Close to 100 delegates from more than 10 member economies attended featured keynote addresses, plenary sessions and doctoral students’ presentations. The event provided a forum for discussions and knowledge exchange on areas related to ageing in the Asia Pacific region such as ageing and innovation, ageing and development, technology on ageing and social work and health and care for the elderly.

The opening ceremony was chaired by Prof Chen Gong, Executive Deputy Director of the Institute of Population Research and Director of PKU Institute of Ageing Studies. Ms Zhou Manli, Deputy Director of the PKU International Office; Ms Christina Schönleber, Deputy Director of the APRU International Secretariat and Prof. Zheng Xiaoying, Director of the Population Research Institute of PKU delivered welcome remarks. 

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Opening speech by Ms Zheng Xiaoying

APRU Population Ageing Hub Workshop on Population Ageing and the Chinese Economy



Annual Workshop on Population Ageing and the Chinese Economy

Event Report

The second Annual Workshop on Population Ageing and the Chinese Economy, hosted jointly by the APRU Population Ageing Research Hub and the Australian-China Population Ageing Research Hub (both located in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) at the University of New South Wales), took place on the 21st and 22nd of July 2016 on UNSW campus in Sydney. The workshop attracted 38 participants who came together for an exciting two-day program.

The first day of the workshop featured five presentations from renowned international experts and a lively roundtable discussion. The second day was reserved for presentations from nine PhD students or early career researchers from APRU universities in Australia and Asia, who presented their innovative projects and received feedback from the senior experts and other workshop participants in a collegial and constructive atmosphere. Generously-timed coffee and lunch breaks and a free workshop dinner on the evening of the first workshop day gave all participants ample opportunities to network and connect.

Screen_Shot_2016-08-30_at_3.jpgProfessor Albert Park delivers his keynote message

2015 APRU Ageing in the Asia-Pacific Research Symposium

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UNSW Australia hosted the 2015 APRU Ageing in the Asia-Pacific Research Symposium from 27-29 September in Sydney, Australia. The sixth in APRU’s series of gerontology and ageing research symposiums, the event included 3 eminent keynote speakers: Philip O’Keefe, Lead Economist for Social Protection and Labour, East Asia and Pacific, The World Bank, Dr. James P. Smith, Chair in Labour Markets and Demographic Studies, RAND Corporation, and Scientia Professor Henry Brodaty, Director, Dementia Collaborative Research Centre, UNSW Australia.  

Les Field, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) & Vice-President of UNSW Australia welcomed delegates to the symposium and also hosted a Welcome Dinner on 28 September. Margaret Leong, Director (Secretariat) and Treasurer, APRU also gave participants an overview of the network and its strategic framework encompassing three thematic priorities during the Welcome Session.

The 2015 symposium showcased papers on topics such as population ageing, aged care, and elderly wellbeing, as well as concurrent sessions exploring economics and demographics, and physiological and biological aspects of population ageing. Doctoral students were also given a chance to present papers as well as take part in a poster session.  


Two Best Presenter Awards for PhD student participants were presented to Shang Wu (right in photo) from UNSW Australia (an APRU member) and Duong Van Tuyen (left in photo) from Taipei Medical University.


The Best Poster Presentation Award was presented to Xiaoyun Zhang, UNSW Australia for her presentation on “Female labour participation and informal care in China: Analysing the effects of new cooperative medical scheme”.


The event also saw the launch of the APRU Population Ageing Program Hub which is to be hosted by UNSW Australia and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR). The APRU hub generated strong interest from participants and an advisory group has been formed to help steer the activities of the hub over the next three years.