Mini Track on Current challenges within demographic data: measurement, collection, retrieval, analysis and reporting


Fostering recovery through metaverse business modelling

16-17 June 2022, Bucharest, Romania

Mini Track Chairs

  • Peter Richmond, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

  • Claudiu Herteliu, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania

The current epidemic crisis is challenging not only the health system but also almost any domain of human life. The current topic of this mini track aims to emphasize the key role of data. Better data, better statistics and subsequent modelling will provide ground for better decisions.

“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”

 (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes)

Interdisciplinary research can play a major role in dealing with challenges regarding data measurement, collection, retrieval, analysis and reporting. Information that is already collected, can be used for a better support decisions and policy makers. However, under constraints induced by current pandemic, the established flows for data gathering should be adapted. Amended methodologies, migration to digital, a correct measurement of the new paradigm for economy, markets volatilities, fake news, reschedule of the timelines, proactive approaches can represent a selection of topics with interest for all stakeholders: academia, government, private entities and general public.

The main topics covered by the hereby call for papers are related to:

  • SARS-CoV-2 data

  • Challenges within implementation of contemporary censuses

  • GIS

  • Health metrics

  • Use of API within demographic and health data

  • Modelling epidemiological data

  • Socio-economic impact of SARS-CoV-2

  • Data visualisation, analysis and reporting

  • Big data in pandemic time

  • Issues regarding measurement and gathering socio-economic indicators induced by quarantine

Peter Richmond

grew up in northern England and, after school, moved south to study theoretical physics at Queen Mary University of London. Following the award of a Ph.D. for work on magnetic phase transitions, he spent time in both UK and Australian Universities before moving to the UK Unilever research laboratory near Liverpool to continue work on nano-technology. During this period he was awarded a DSc by London University and elected a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.

A move to the Institute of Food Research in Norwich gave him the opportunity to built a new department concerned with the physics of food materials and food engineering and later appointed Director. After a few years in senior management roles for blue chip industrial companies he finally relocating to Ireland as visiting Professor in the School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin. Here he established a new research group exploring econo- and socio-physics and also developed and coordinated a large (26 countries) COST European Science network concerned with risk, cooperation and conflict. Since retirement, he has continued to be active, collaborating with Bertrand Roehner. Sorbonne, Paris and colleagues in Trinity College Dublin.

Recent publications cover topics such as: Physics of large scale food crises, Exploration of the strength of family links, impact of marital status in health and some ideas concerning the relationship between income, fertility rates and the state of democracy in society.

Claudiu Herteliu

holds a PhD granted in 2007 by University of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania. He started teaching in 2002 as teaching assistant, currently he is full professor at Statistics and Econometrics Department from the same university. Since December 2019 he is part time professor within School of Business, London South Bank University. Since 2016 he is part of European Statistical Advisory Committee (ESAC) (Eurostat) while from 2017 he is member of European Masters in Official Statistics (EMOS) Board.

He worked with quantitative methods in Education and Research Ministry (2001-2008) and National Institute of Statistics (2008-2011). He had managerial responsibilities as The Dissemination of Romanian Statistical Information Activity or vice-dean of the Faculty of Economic Cybernetics, Statistics and Informatics (2012 – present) and member of University Senate (2012 – present). Main areas of research interests are: statistics and econometrics; quantitative methods in religion; scientometrics; health metrics.