The center consists of the Population Division, the Women and Gender Division, and the Information Division. The various aspects of our work include researching, publishing, course offerings, library collections and academic activities.
1. ResearchThe Center for Population and Gender Studies was founded with the aim of integrating experts from various departments into interdisciplinary and systematic research on population and gender. Therefore, the range of research is extensive, with the scope of fields being re-adjusted and re-evaluated in light of the change in times. Currently, we’re working on the following topics:
1. Population adjustment issues in the Taiwan region, such as urban and rural development and population, and the impact
of the naturalization of foreign population members to the society.
2. The impact and formulation of population and gender policies.
3. Studies on labor and education, such as the supply and demand policy of manpower, population development and education, and the education of gender equality.
4. Studies on population change, such as birth rate and new family planning policy, population aging and related social changes.
5. Studies on women and gender, such as women’s and health issues, gender and work.
6. Studies on new population issues, such as population and health, long-term care, international migration, population geographic information systems (GIS), and new immigrant families.
The Center for Population and Gender Studies publishes the following three journals, as well as academic papers from time to time: the Journal of Population Studies, Journal of Women’s and Gender Studies, and Forum in Women’s and Gender Studies. The publishing of the Journal of Population Studies has been semi-annual since its revision in 2001; it’s a co-publication with the Population Association of Taiwan, and is listed under TSSCI. The Journal of Population Studies launched its Facebook group in 2015 and has been sharing information on its published papers for the public interest since then.
The Journal of Women’s and Gender Studies, published by the Women and Gender Division semi-annually, is the only academic journal on gender in Mandarin and has been collected by various international journal libraries. The Forum in Women’s and Gender Studies (previously called the Bulletin of Women and Gender Studies) changed from being published seasonally to semi-annually, and includes reports related to different topics along with information on gender-related activities. Furthermore, our center also publishes monographs on women’s studies from time to time, such as Learning About the Human Rights of Women and Girls, Women's Studies in Asia Series: Taiwan (in collaboration with Ewha Womans University in South Korea).
We also provide informative content on population, gender and activities on our websites, http://www.psc.ntu.edu.tw and http://gender.psc.ntu.edu.tw/Gender/ .
We also set up a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ntucpgs/) in April 2017, on which we’ll be posting about the latest activities, news on population and gender and academic releases. Any submission of related information is welcomed.
3. Course Offerings
Our center also focuses on the education of population and gender. Our “Women’s and Gender Studies Program”, which started in 1997, was the first course in the nation to offer systematic learning on women’s and gender-related issues. The course aims to broaden students’ knowledge, hoping to reinforce the value of gender equality, and therefore cultivating and training new teachers and researchers in this field.
Our “Population Studies Program”, which started in 2011, was also the first in Taiwan. It aims at nurturing manpower in research, teaching and working in the field.
4. Library Collection
The majority of the library collection at the Center for Population and Gender Studies consists of books on demography, women and gender, and related topics. In addition, there are also many other books on society, politics, education, geography, medicine and health. After years of collecting, plus exchanging with related associations and contributions from scholars, our collection has reached a significant amount. We have also been able to obtain a great deal of valuable statistical data as well as documents through our communication with population research centers in China over the past decade. Furthermore, we also collect related Mandarin and foreign journals, all kinds of statistical data, single paper offprints, all sorts of research reports, and the newest updates from abroad.
Our library collection has been moved to the school’s main library, for better efficiency in circulation and management. Moreover, in 2004, the Women and Gender division was assigned by the Ministry of Education to set up an “Information Center of Woman and Gender Studies” and it has collected 1,608 books as well as multiple kinds of journals, databases and multi-media data for study and reference purposes. In 2010, we also received a three-year sponsorship from the Humanities and Social Sciences Research Publication Program of the National Science Council, for continuing to expand our collection on gender studies and related topics.
5. Academic Activities
Academic exchange is highly valued by our center, so local and foreign scholars known in the field are frequently invited to give speeches on various relevant topics.
Population Division: in addition to hosting academic speeches and symposiums regularly, it also co-hosts large annual seminars with the Population Association of Taiwan.
Topics of the recent seminars include “Population Reproduction and Sustainable Development” (2014.4. 24-25), “Population Crisis, Youth Opportunities and Elderly Welfare in Taiwan” (2015.4.24-25) and “Population and Public Policies” (2016.4.29-30); foreign scholars were also invited to lecture on those topics. In June 2016, we signed a memorandum of academic cooperation with the Korean Women’s Development Institute; the same year in September, we linked our URL with the one for the Center for Family and Population Research in Singapore. In April 2017, we also signed a memorandum of academic cooperation with the Research Centre on Migration and Mobility of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Women and Gender Division: frequently hosts teaching courses, workshops and seminars. Topics of the recent seminars include “Gender and Reproductive Technology” (2014.8.4), “Gender and Media” (2014.12.5), “Gender and Arts” (2015.3.18), “Teaching Experience on Gender and Sports Studies” (2015.5.15), “Gender and Medical Care” (2016.5.11) and “Non-conforming Intimate Relationships” (2016.9.9).
In 2015, it also held the “International Symposium on the 30th Anniversary of the Establishment of Women's and Gender Research Program, Center for Population and Gender Studies: Gender Studies in Higher Education in East Asia” (2015.12.5). In 2016, it held the “Comparative Study of the Experience of Women 's Participation in Politics, Poverty, Migration and Care Labor” forum with teachers and students of Osaka University (2016.9.6), promoting international exchange on gender studies.
6. Future Prospects
Over the years, the Center for Population and Gender Studies has been promoting academic activities in relation to population and gender studies. It continues growing in the following aspects:
1. Actively promoting related research projects, holding academic seminars, offering academic data and setting up cooperation platforms.
2. Hosting international conferences and academic lectures to boost academic exchange.
3. Enriching the database of Taiwan’s population and gender studies as well as gradually setting up an electronic database for it in order to provide faster access for researchers.
4. Continuing to publish the Journal of Population Studies, Journal of Women’s and Gender Studies and Forum in Women’s and Gender Studies, as well as other related monographs and communications.
5. Strengthening its cooperation and communication with the government, the public and other academic departments.
6. Continuing to promote education on population and gender.
The core aspects of this division’s work are research, education and promotion of population topics. In recent years, the country’s birth rate has fallen below the standard; as a result, we have been working on analyzing the long-term impact of population transformation, particularly low fertility and an aging population, on social-economic development. Therefore, we have been participating in constructing relevant policies and voicing out through the media. In terms of education, we offer not only a regular general course, “Population Problems and Studies” for students, but also a “Population Study” course, which started in 2011 and in which various teachers in this field from our campus are invited to be a part, with the hope of training and bringing up potential manpower in teaching and researching. Moreover, this division supports the editing and administrative work of the Journal of Population Studies, assisting the Population Association of Taiwan in organizing annual meetings and academic seminars and facilitating academic exchange between local and foreign scholars. Due to the importance of population issues, we host forums on current issues with related industries and government, as well as working closely with government departments, offering consultation and advice on population policies.
Women and Gender Division
Since its establishment in 1985, the Women's and Gender Research Program has been promoting studies on gender issues and developing courses; therefore, in 1997, the “Women's and Gender Studies Program” was set up. In addition, the National Taiwan University Gender Equity Education Committee offers research funding and has set up “NTU Scholarship Recipients for Master/Doctoral Dissertations in Women’s and Gender Studies”, encouraging interested postgraduates inside NTU to participate in research. The Forum in Women’s and Gender Studies, funded in 1985 (previously called the Bulletin of Women and Gender Studies) and the Journal of Women’s and Gender Studies, founded in 1990 and listed under TSSCI in 2015, have become two significant research journals in Mandarin-speaking communities. Furthermore, in 2003, with funding from the Ministry of Education, the Women's and Gender Research Program set up the “Women’s and Gender Studies Resource Center”, which has begun to collect and organize documents and data on women and gender studies both at home and abroad. In order to boost participation and its influence, the center hosts various regular academic lectures, symposiums, seminars and workshops. All research committee members participate in international academic meetings and communications on a frequent basis, connecting academic and non-government organizations both at home and abroad, and working on facilitating public policies on gender equality.
Its main tasks are collecting, organizing, exchanging and disseminating all sorts of population information both at home and abroad. The census first took place in Taiwan in 1905, and a significant amount of population data has been collected since then; once it has been sorted and organized, it can then be applied to various research topics such as population migration, regional development, urban planning, electoral study, political geography, education resource distribution, rural-urban gap, health and medical care, and area deprivation.
Geographic Information Systems have become one of the tools that governments use for formulating policies. As a result, in 2012, we published the Census Atlas of Taiwan (1956-2010), presenting, in map form, the rapid change of population structure in Taiwan after the Chinese Civil War. The content includes the change from the baby boom to the current low fertility phenomenon, an aging society, and marriage- and employment-based immigrants. We’ll continue providing information on social and industrial changes for the past 60 years or so to researchers as well as the public.
Memorandum of Understanding on Research and Project Cooperation between Korean Women’s Development Institute, Korea (KWDI) and Center for Population and Gender Studies, NTU.
On June 30th, 2016, the center signed a three-year memorandum of understanding with the Korean Women’s Development Institute. We hope to facilitate the communication and exchange between researchers on both sides, to work on promoting studying, publishing and holding seminars. The Korean Women’s Development Institute was established in 1983; it plays a significant role in making the country’s women policies as well as social welfare and family policies. There are four research divisions under the institute: the Research Department for Gender-Sensitive Policies, Research Department for Family & Equality Society, Research Department for Women’s Human Rights and Safety, and the Research Department for Women’s Employment and HRD. It issues six publications: Gender Review, Research on Women, Gender Studies and Policy Review (GSPR), KWDI Brief, KLoWF Brief (Korean Longitudinal Survey of Women and Families), and Gender & Legislation Brief.
Memorandum of Understanding on Research and Project Cooperation between Research Centre on Migration and Mobility of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Center for Population and Gender Studies, NTU.
On April 14th, 2017, the center’s director, Prof. Duan-rung Chen, signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding on Research and Project Cooperation with the director, Prof. Eric Fong, of the Research Centre on Migration and Mobility, the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Again, we hope to facilitate the communication and exchange between researchers on both sides, to work on promoting studying, publishing and holding seminars.
The Research Centre on Migration and Mobility of the Chinese University of Hong Kong was founded in May 2016. It focuses on immigrant study; immigrant adjustment, development and health; and population, families, youth and refuge issues. With a wide range of perspectives, it also studies the motivation of Hong Kong and other Asian immigrants and follow-up development.
Ever since its establishment, it has held multiple international conferences, such as the international conference “Migration Patterns in Asia” in June 2016, “International Workshop on Foreign Domestic Helpers in Hong Kong” in August 2016, the conference co-hosted with Mannheim Centre for European Social Research, MZES in November 2016, “Workshop on migration studies” with Xi'an Jiaotong University and again with University of California, Los Angeles and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in December 2016. This year (2017), it is also going to hold “Summer Research Summit. Frontiers of Migration Research” from July 16th to 22nd. (http://www.rcmm.cuhk.edu.hk/Summer_Research_Summit.htm )。