About IPSR

Message from IPSR Director

Given the recent changes and fluctuations in global and Thai societies, developing knowledge in population and social sciences from a global perspective and with innovative research methodologies is imperative. This includes the application of newly developed knowledge for academic, policy, and developmental purposes at all levels of the country.

This important mission has been a cornerstone of the Institute for Population and Social Research (IPSR) at Mahidol University for over 50 years.

The aging population and the transition into an aged society, amidst declining birth rates and the importance of enhancing population quality; Health issues, particularly non-communicable diseases resulting from health risk factors and population lifestyles such as food consumption, physical activity, mental health, happiness and well-being, as well as sexual and reproductive health; the disparities and vulnerabilities across various population groups, including economic, social, gender and sexuality; migration, urbanization, environmental and climate changes, social digitalization and the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) in all aspects of human life and academic research.

All are the research challenges that IPSR prioritizes and is dedicated to developing knowledge through research processes that link to teaching and learning management of our graduate programs, creating a population and social research workforce for the country, and utilizing knowledge, especially in policy contexts, across all sectors.

In all these endeavors, our institution will not tread alone but will walk hand in hand with networks, both domestically and internationally, including governmental, non-governmental, and civil society sectors, under the IPSR’s vision of becoming a world-class institute to promote scientific learning in population and society for sustainable development, in line with Mahidol University’s determination statement “Wisdom of the Land.”

Associate Professor Dr. Chalermpol Chamchan

Director of Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University


Established in 1971, the Institute for Population and Social Research (IPSR) is one of Asia’s premier population research and training hubs. The Institute conducts research and provides training in population and development and explores their relationship to the social, economic, reproductive health, medical, and public health fields. This allows the Institute to help address emerging issues in Thailand and neighboring countries in south-east Asia and beyond, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life for all.

The demographic transition throughout Asia has emerged at different stages in recent decades as political and economic change has swept the region, and the Institute is uniquely positioned to keep abreast with these changes through its timely research. This knowledge and technical support is widely disseminated at the country and local levels to scholars and policymakers internationally and regionally.

About us

The Institute for Population and Social Research was the first institution of its kind in Thailand and has a large number of academic staff and international collaboration partners. In 2006, the Institute was ranked first among social science research institutes in Thailand by the National Office of the Higher Education Commission.

The Institute’s highly distinguished faculty has demonstrated excellence in applied academic research aimed at improving the quality of life of people in Thailand and throughout Asia.

The work of the Institute has been recognized by many international bodies. Today, we are a Collaborating Centre of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), a United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Centre of Excellence in Population and Family Planning/Reproductive Health, and a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Research in Human Reproduction. We also maintain other essential research collaborations with The Population Council, Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), and the Wellcome Trust.


The Institute has developed an extensive network with national and international agencies. We enjoy strong support from Mahidol University, and other government and international organizations. Institute fellows benefit from these linkages through access to extensive program data and opportunities for field visits.

A trilateral cooperation program with the Government of Thailand in collaboration with various international institutions and academic organizations has led to many regional workshops and training sessions. These organizations include the International Network for the Demographic Evaluation of Populations and Their Health in Developing Countries (INDEPTH), the Population Council, the Population Reference Bureau (PRB), the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA), UNFPA, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), USAID and WHO.

The Institute has developed strong working relationships with universities and national agencies in countries throughout Asia and the Pacific, Europe, North America, and Africa. We are also grateful for the excellent relationships we have with the international organizations and funding bodies who generously support our research.

IPSR Directors

Emeritus Professor

Boonlert Leoprapai, Ph.D.

31 July 1975 – 24 June 1980

Emeritus Professor

Pramote Prasartkul, Ph.D.

25 June 1988 – 22 August 1988

Emeritus Professor

Aphichat Chamratrithirong, Ph.D.

23 August 1988 – 22 August 1996

Emeritus Professor

ดร.เบญจา ยอดดำเนิน-แอ็ตติกจ์

23 August 1996- 22 August 2004

Emeritus Professor

Churnrurtai Kanchanachitra, Ph.D.

23 August 2004 – 20 February 2008

Associate Professor

Sureeporn Punpuing, Ph.D.

21 February 2008 – 20 February 2016

Associate Professor

Rossarin Gray, Ph.D.

21 February 2016 – 20 February 2020

Associate Professor

Aree Jampaklay, Ph.D.

21 February 2020 – 20 February 2024

Associate Professor

Chalermpol Chamchan, Ph.D.

21 February 2024 – Present


To lead the Institute for Population and Social Research with Quality and Morality for the betterment of Thai society and the benefit of humanity.


The Institute for Population and Social Research is determined to be a world-class institute to promote scientific learning in population and society for sustainable development.


Strategic Plan

Strategic Implementation Plan for the Institute for Population and Social Research (IPSR): 2021-25


World-class demographic and social science research and innovation

Strategic goals
  1. To produce world-class research
  2. To produce research findings which contribute to the body of knowledge or are innovative in the social setting, and can be usefully applied to policy and meet societal needs at all levels
  3. To improve management of support for research to increase efficiency and effectiveness
Strategic initiatives
  1. Build a multidisciplinary, multi-generation research group
  2. Have a learning process and continuously develop the potential of researchers of all generations
  3. Support Global Connectivity by establishing research collaborations with international multidisciplinary institutions / research projects with Global Impact
  4. Support research that meets the policy and social needs at all levels
  5. Create an environment conducive to research and social innovation
  6. Recruit ready-made researchers to strengthen research work
Strategic Indicators
  1. Percentage of academic staff in their field who are PI
  2. Research studies are referenced by international organizations
  3. Research findings are used as follows
    • To inform national policy
    • To inform international policy
    • To benefit society
    • To benefit the economy
  4. Citations per publication
  5. International publications
  6. International publications per academic staff
  7. Number of publications authored in collaboration with international researchers
  8. Number of publications in journals in Q1
  9. Number/amount of grants for research in the Fiscal Year as a ratio of the number of academic staff
  10. Number of ready-made researchers added to the faculty each year

To build graduates to be able to develop their own potential in academic knowledge, skills, morality, ethics, and traits to be a leader of transformational benefits for society at all levels

Strategic goals
  1. To develop the quality of education and a diverse curriculum that meets the needs of learners
  2. To build graduates to have global citizen competence
Strategic initiatives
  1. Develop teachers and personnel to have potential in education and student affairs that respond to the learning process: Learning Centered Education, Outcome-based Education and Constructivism
  2. Push for accreditation according to international standards, and develop integrated programs that offer flexibility across different disciplines
  3. Develop a curriculum that is responsive to the national strategy for development and empowerment of the working-age population and the elderly
  4. Create a technological environment that is conducive to learning and has an international atmosphere
  5. Develop student potential and student activity processes in response to global citizenship and international competencies
  6. Proactively promote and support alumni networks to jointly develop students and the university
  7. Develop a variety of educational access channels (Platforms)
Strategic Indicators
  1. Percentage of instructors with quality teaching and learning management in accordance with the accepted standards (instructors of at least Level 2 can effectively mentor others) (MUPSF – Professional Standard Framework)
  2. Percentage of courses that are certified according to international standards
  3. Percentage of courses reviewed by the university
  4. Percentage of courses that are internally audited by IPSR
  5. The percentage of courses which are flexible enough to provide opportunity for students to arrange their course schedule to suit their needs (Flexi programs)
  6. Percentage of projects / activities to promote internationalization in 3 areas (study, research and student mobility)
  7. Number of inbound and outbound exchange students
  8. Percentage of activities / projects which promote student advancement to become competent global citizens
  9. Employer satisfaction with graduate quality (percentage who rated graduates favorably at the level of ‘very’ – ‘most’)
  10. Number of projects / activities that alumni return to develop IPSR
  11. Engagement of alumni and current students to IPSR (percentage who rated this at the level of ‘very’ – ‘most’)
  12. E-learning lessons or courses (percentage of total courses of IPSR)

Have excellence in academic service and be a trendsetter to improve quality of life

Strategic goals
  1. To be a leader in population and social policy at the national and international level
  2. To enable IPSR to offer excellent national and international academic services center for population and society (Academic Services Center)
Strategic initiatives
  1. Support policy advocacy
  2. Manage academic services so that they are up to standard
  3. Build a management system for excellence in academic service.
  4. Expand potential and access to quality academic services for target groups at all levels.
  5. Collaborate with partners to drive the development of academic services, research and social innovation
Strategic Indicators
  1. Number of academic service projects leading to effective policy advocacy at the local and national level
  2. Being recognized as an internationally- academic service organization
  3. The number of national standard measures/tools created by IPSR
  4. Number of academic service projects
  5. Number of platforms that provide academic services
  6. Number of socially-innovative products /guides/ courses
  7. Percentage of IPR’s income received from academic service projects

Management for organizational self-sufficiency and sustainability

Strategic goals
  1. To develop IPSR to have good governance
  2. To be an institution with a structure and work system that responds to the main mission and drives the institutional strategy
  3. To provide personnel with the potential to achieve the vision of IPSR
  4. To make IPSR a digitally-based organization
  5. To make IPSR an eco-organization
  6. To create the image of IPSR so that it stands out at the national and international levels
Strategic initiatives
  1. Build a two-way communication system, and thoroughly advocate for implementation of good governance
  2. Communicate and create an understanding of IPSR’s strategy to enable employees to understand and advance the IPSR mission in unison
  3. Develop the financial management capability of IPSR to be efficient and sustainable.
  4. Empower and create opportunities for revenue and asset management to achieve the best value and benefit
  5. Develop and improve digital technology to support the core mission and other supporting objectives, including building a central database for research and academic services
  6. Increase efficiency in resource utilization and utilities that reduce the carbon footprint and promote occupational health and environmental safety
  7. Use the national and international quality assurance system to create sustainable management
  8. Create strategic partnerships with universities/global agencies
  9. Strategically promote the image of IPSR
Strategic Indicators
  1. Percentage of project successes according to the institutional strategy
  2. Percentage of personnel who are considered ‘Global Talents’ (Education, Research and Support)
  3. Have a positive EBITDA.
  4. Have a positive net income
  5. Have an ROA of more than 5%
  6. Number of internationalization projects with strategic partners
  7. IPSR receives an EdPEx assessment score according to PA
  8. Number of IPSR mission projects for social benefit (IPSR Social Engagement) completed in 4 areas

Core Values

I: Integrity
P: Professionalism
S: Synergy
R: Responsibility