Population Studies Unit


Population Studies Unit

Population Studies Unit (PSU)

PSU website

Population Studies Unit, (PSU), University of Malaya
Chairman : Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rohana Jani, Dean Faculty of Economics and Administration
Coordinator: Dr. 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, Economic Planning Unit, Department of Statistics, Ministry of Women, Family and Community, Ministry of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resources, Ministry of Information, Federation of Reproductive Health Associations, Malaysia, UNFPA, Institute of Gerontology (UPM), UKM, and the following faculties and institutes within UM: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Business and Accounting, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Science. and 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

Seminars/workshops and conferences

  • Seminar on Gender Violence, 2002
  • SPSS workshop for the analysis of the 2004 Malaysian Population and Family Survey, 15-16 May 2005
  • Conference on Progress and Challenges in Human Development in Malaysia: Ideas for the Ninth Malaysia Plan, 11-12 July 2005, with UN Malaysia
  • Population Projections Workshops for Practitioners (July 11-12, 2006)
  • Workshop on “Optimizing the Use of Official Statistics for Socio-economic Research and Planning


  • Report of Population Seminar on “Population and Sectoral Development”, 1981
  • Current Issues in Labour Migration in Malaysia, 1988
  • Changing Malaysian Society and Economy: The Role of Population, 1989
  • Proceedings of the Colloquium “Women and Development in Malaysia- Implications for Planning and Population Dynamics, 1990
  • Proceedings of the Colloquium “Population Movements, Economic Development and Family Change, 1992
  • Proceedings of the National Seminar on Population and Demographic Issues in Development Planning, 1992
  • Proceedings of the International Colloquium “Migration, Development and Gender in the ASEAN Region”, 1993
  • Readings on Women and Development in Malaysia, 1994
  • Reviewing Malaysian Women’s Status: Country Report in Preparation for the Fourth UN World Conference on Women, 1995
  • Proceedings Seminar on Gender Violence, 2002
  • Resource Handbook for Community Services, 2003
  • Our People Our Future, Malaysian Population in Perspectives, 2006

Proposal for funding by UNFPA for the 2013-2018 Cycle
Enhancing Demographic Research and Training for Development Planning (as attached)

Proposed Sections under the PSU
The sections to be set up are:

  • Research (with different panels for specific areas of research, e.g. reproductive health, marriage, migration, social gerontology)
  • Publication and Newsletter
  • ICT and Networking
  • Workshops, Seminars and Conferences
  • Resource centre
  • Administration, Finance and Fund Raising
Last Updated: 07/08/2019