“Demographics is destiny” has become somewhat an overused phrase, but that does not reduce the critical importance of population trends to virtually every aspect of economic, social and political life. Concern over demographic trends has been heightened in recent years by several international trends --- notably rapid aging, reduced fertility, large scale migration across borders. On the national level, shifts in attitude, generation and ethnicity have proven decisive in both the political realm and in the economic fortunes of regions and states.
The Center hopes to emerge as a major force in research and analysis of global, national and regional demographic trends. As befits its title, it will also look into policies that might produce favorable demographic results over time. A first effort in this direction was last year’s successful project The Rise of Post-familialism: Humanity’s Future, a successful co-venture between Chapman University and the Singapore Civil Service College. Demographics played a major in this year’s report, Retrofitting the Dream, which was funded by the Fieldstead Foundation.
Currently, the Center is conducting at two more international studies, the first focusing on the shifting nature of global cities, also in co-operation with the Civil Service College. Other prospective projects may look more specifically at migration of younger, skilled workers into Southern California and its impact on the local high-tech economy.
The Center involves Chapman students in demographic research under the supervision of the Center’s senior staff. Students work with the Center’s director and engage in research that will serve them well as they look to develop their careers in business, the social sciences and the arts. They will also have access to our advisory board, which includes distinguished Chapman faculty and major demographic scholars from across the country and the world.