Free Webinar on Growing or Declining Population in Developing Countries?


Programme (Jakarta time)

1.00 pm – 1.05 pm: Opening by the moderator, Aris Ananta, Universitas Indonesia

1.05 pm – 1.20 pm: Presentation on Bangladesh by Mohammad Mainul Islam, University of Dhaka

1.20 pm - 1.35 pm: Presentation on Indonesia by Evi Nurvidya Arifin, Universiti Brunei Darussalam

1.35 pm - 1.50 pm: Presentation on Thailand by Bussarawan  Teerawichitchainan, National University of Singapore

1.50 pm - 2.00 pm: Discussion by Diahhadi Setyonaluri and Elda Luciana Pardede, Universitas Indonesia

2.00 pm – 2.15 pm: Q & A through chatbox

2.15 pm - 2.25 pm: Response from the presenters

2.25 pm - 2.30 pm: Concluding Remarks by the moderator



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About the speakers/ discussants/ moderator

Aris Ananta, an economist-demographer, takes a multi-disciplinary approach in his work. Since 1995, he has been a Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Indonesia. Currently, he also holds the position of Eminent  Visiting Professor at the Centre for Advanced Research, Universiti Brunei Darussalam; and serves as an Adjunct Researcher at the Demographic Institute, Universitas Indonesia. Aris Ananta is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Population Issues.  He served as the President of the Asian Population Association from 2019 to 2021 and held positions as Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore (2001-2014), and Senior Fellow at the Department of Economics, National University of Singapore (1999-2000). His research interests encompass various areas, including the pension system and welfare regime, employment, economics of population mobility, family demography, household and living arrangement projection, and ethno-demography. He has dedicated much of his work to Indonesia but has also expanded his focus to include Brunei. He maintains his regional interest in South Asia and Asia as a whole. Aris Ananta obtained his PhD in economics from Duke University in the US, and his Master’s in social statistics from George Washington University in the US.  

Bussarawan (Puk) Teerawichitchainan holds joint appointments as Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and Co-Director of the Centre for Family and Population Research. Prior to joining NUS in 2019, she was an Associate Professor of Sociology in the School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University where she served as Associate Dean (Research) during 2016-17. She received a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Washington. She was a past fellowship recipient of Fulbright, the Social Science Research Council, and the Population Council. Her research interests lie at the intersection of family demography, social gerontology, population health, and social stratification. Her current research examines the roles of family, policy, and social structure in explaining the life course and well-being of older adults in the Asia Pacific region, particularly Southeast Asia. This includes an ongoing study funded by the National Institute on Aging-National Institutes of Health (NIA-NIH) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) on the long-term impacts of war and trauma exposure on the health and well-being of older Vietnamese war survivors and another study funded by the Ministry of Education’s Tier 2 grant on childless aging in Singapore and Thailand. She is Deputy Editor of Demography and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, Asian Population Studies, and BMC Geriatrics.

Diahhadi Setyonaluri, also known as Ruri, is the Head of Graduate Program of Population and Labour Economics at Universitas Indonesia. Ruri is also a senior researcher at Lembaga Penyelidikan Ekonomi Masyarakat (Institute for Economic and Social Research ) and Lembaga Demografi (Demographic Institute) at the Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Indonesia. Her research focuses on drivers of women’s economic participation and welfare in Indonesia, examining factors such as gender norms, workplace policies, social protection, and violence against women. Currently, she is one of the lead researchers in the Time Use and Agency study in Indonesia and supports the Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection for the upcoming nationally representative survey on Violence Against Women in 2024. With a PhD from the Australian National University’s Demographic and Social Research Institute, she brings extensive expertise in leading teams to fine-tune and implement large-scale surveys, collaborating closely with government agencies.

Elda Luciana Pardede is a lecturer in the Master’s Programme in Population and Labour Economics at Universitas Indonesia, at which she was also a vice director from 2011-2015. Elda is also an adjunct researcher at Lembaga Demografi (Demographic Institute) at the Faculty of Economics and Business Universitas Indonesia. She is working on her PhD dissertation on internal migration in Indonesia in the Demography Department, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen. Due to her extensive work using the five waves of the Indonesia Family Life Survey, she has developed expertise using complex longitudinal data and special interest in analysing migration trajectories. Some of her PhD works have been published in some renowned international journals. Although her main interest is migration, she also has been involved in researching issues in ageing, labour market, gender, population and health, and poverty and inequality.

Evi Nurvidya Arifin has been Senior Assistant Professor at the Centre for Advanced Research (CARe), Universiti Brunei Darussalam since 2019.  She is also an adjunct researcher at the Demographic Institute, Faculty of Economics and Business,  Universitas Indonesia. She obtained her Ph.D. in social statistics with a specialization in demography from the University of Southampton, UK in 2001. She pursued a post-doctoral fellowship at the National University of Singapore. Following this, she became a visiting research fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore. Prior to joining UBD, she took up a teaching position at the Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Indonesia. At the same time, she has served as a faculty member at the Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Respati Indonesia (URINDO), Indonesia.  She is also a member of the international advisory board of the International Journal of Population Issues. She has dedicated herself to conducting research on Indonesian population issues. Maintaining her focus on Indonesia, she is now also working on population issues in Brunei  Darussalam. Additionally, she has done comparative studies on population issues in Southeast Asia and Asia. Her research interests encompass population ageing, disability, health, population mobility, welfare, poverty, and ethnicity.

Mohammad Mainul Islam is a Professor of the Department of Population Sciences (DPS) of the University of Dhaka (DU), Bangladesh. He was also former Chairman of DPS and Project Director of the Strengthening the Capacity of Teaching and Research Facilities at the Department of Population Sciences, University of Dhaka (Second Phase, funded by the United Nations Population Fund-UNFPA and the Ministry of Education, Government of Bangladesh). Dr. Islam got his Bachelor’s and Master degrees in Sociology from DU and later received his Ph.D. in Demography with specialization in Population Health from Peking University, China. He completed a Global Health Research Capacity Strengthening Program Postdoctoral Fellowship at McGill University, Canada. Professor Islam has attended and presented his research at more than hundreds of international meetings and academic conferences worldwide. He is a member of the Population Expert Committee (PEC) of the General Economic Division’s Planning Commission within the Ministry of Planning of the Government of Bangladesh since November 2017. He has contributed to over 70 peer-reviewed publications, including the first author in The Lancet, Lancet Global Health, Lancet Regional Health-Western Pacific, PLOS ONE, BMC Women’s Health, Journal of Population and Social Studies. Professor Islam is a member of Editorial Board of the International Journal of Population Issues and PLOS Global Public Health. His work broadly focuses on population and development, population dynamics, population and health policies and programs, reproductive health, and global health.