Scientist Profile


Mercedes B. Concepcion

National Scientist (2010), NAST Academician

Expertise: Chemistry, Statistics, Sociology, Population Research, Demographic processes

Dr. Mercedes Concepcion is recognized for her work in population and in improving the health and welfare of individuals. She is a trustee of the Philippine Center for Population and Development and Foundation for Adolescent Development.


Professor Emeritus, College of Social Science & Philosophy, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City


    • National Academy of Science and Technology, Member
    • Phi Kappa Pi, Member
    • Phi Gamma Mu, Philippine Chapter, Member
    • International Union for the Study of Population, Member
    • International Statistical Institute, Member
    • Population Association of America, Member
    • American Sociological Association, Member
    • Pacific Science Association, Member
    • National Research Council of the Philippines, Member
    • Philippine Sociological Society, Member
    • Philippine Statistical Association, Member
    • Philippine Association for the Advancement of Science, Member
    • Philippine Population Association, Member


    • Population Institute, UPD, University Professor, 1978-1985
    • Population Institute, UPD, Dean, 1971-2005
    • Population Institute, UPD, Director, 1964-1971


    • Appointed Professor Emeritus, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, UPD, 2003
    • 10th Anniversary Recognition Award, National Statistics Coordination Board, 1997
    • Gawad ng Pagkilala, Philippine Sociological Society, 1996
    • Outstanding Woman in Profession, 3rd Zonta National Award, ZONTA, 1994
    • Appointed Member, Board of Commisioner, POPCOM, 1993
    • Academician, National Academy of Science and Technology, 1992
    • Rafael M. Salas Population and Development Award, R.Salas Foundation, Commission on Population and United nation Foundation Fund, 1991
    • Resident Scholar, Rockefeller Foundation Study and Research Center, 1991
    • Outstanding Award in Science and Technology Research, League of Women Voters of the Philippines, 1987
    • General Carlos P. Romulo Award, United Nations Association of the Philippines, 1983
    • Achievement Award for Demography, NRCP, 1982
    • Outstanding Woman in Science and Technology, Federacion Internacional de Abogadas (FIDA) Philippine Chapter, 1981
    • Tandang Sora Award, Bayanihang Puilipino Foundation, 1979
    • Professional Award in Demography, UP Alumni Association, 1976
    • Doctor of Human Letters (Honoris Causa), Ateneo de Manila University, 1970
    • Distinguished Alumna Award, St Theresa's College Alumni Association, 1969
    • Travel Award to Mexico to observe the population program, USAID, 1999


    • Social support mechanisms for Flipino older persons [Completed]

Papers Presented

    • Demographic situation and outlook for the ESCAP Region, 4th Asian and Pacific Population Conference, UN ESCAP, Bangkok, Thailand
    • Demographic transition and population aging , 6th Asia /Oceana Regional Congress of Gerontology, Seoul, Korea
    • Contributions of elderly women to social and economic development in selected Southeast Asian Countries, ACTA of the World Congress of Gerontology - 15th Congress of the International Association of Gerontology, Bologna, Italy


    • University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, B.S. Chemistry, 1951
    • University of Sydney, Australia, Certificate in Statistics, 1954
    • University of Chicago, USA, PhD in Sociology, 1963


    • Concepcion, M.B., (1990) The Philippine population: Where is it now?
    • Solidarity
    • Concepcion, M.B. Mundigo, A.I. Reeler, A.B., (1991) Social aspects related to the introduction in a birth control vaccine
    • In: Fertility, G. Ada and P.D. Griffin (eds.) UK, Cambridge University Press
    • Concepcion, M.B., (1993) The Philippine population problem: Myth or reality
    • Perspective Volume 13, No. 2
    • Concepcion, M.B., (1994) The Philippine population problem: Myth or reality
    • Philippine Studies Volume 42
    • Concepcion, M.B., (1994) Social science research on reproductive health
    • Journal of Philippine Development Volume 21, No. 1&2
    • Concepcion, M.B., (1994) Cairo: The road to consensus
    • Perspective Volume 14, No. 4
    • Concepcion, M.B., (1996) The graying of the Philippine population
    • Perspective Volume 16, No. 3
    • Concepcion, M.B., (1990) The Philippine population program
    • Sollicitudo , No. 9
    • Concepcion, M.B., (1993) Population growth in Southeast Asia: Pushing the limits.
    • Southeast Asia's Environmental Future, The Search for Sustainability, United Nations University Press
    • Concepcion, M.B., (1993) The situation of elderly women: Available statistics and indicators
    • Joint publication of INSTRAW and the United Nations Statistical Division, Dominican Republic, ISTRAW
    • Concepcion, M.B., (1993) Population growth and sustainable development in Southeast Asia: Crisis
    • Population Dynamics in Nepal, Eal Kumar, K.C. (ed.), Tribhuvan University, Central Department of Population Studies
    • Concepcion, M.B., (1993) Policy responses to population growth.
    • In: Population and Development in the Asia and the Pacific Region, The Austrilian Academy of Science, Canberra
    • Concepcion, M.B., (1994) Implications of increasing roles of women for the provision of the elderly care
    • In: Ageing and the Family, United Nations Publication
    • Concepcion, M.B., (1994) Philippine fertility-decline or retardation?
    • Academy of Science and Arts
    • Concepcion, M.B., (1999) East and Southeast Asia and Oceania: Diverse and populous in
    • Population Bulletin Special Issue
    • Concepcion, M.B., (2003) Reflections on the Asia and Pacific Population Conference
    • Asia-Pacific Population Journal
    • Concepcion, M.B., (1998) Population, resources, and environmental policy in the social sciences.
    • Transactions of the National Academy of Science and Technology Volume 20
    • Concepcion, M.B., (1985) The Philippines: population trends and dilemmas
    • Philippine Population Journal Volume 1, No. 1