Advisory services

Ms.  Meryem Demirci
Interregional Advisor on Population and Housing Census

Demirci,  Meryem

Telephone: +1 212/963-3471
Fax: +1 212/963-1940
Nationality: Turkey
Languages: English



Meryem Demirci joined the United Nations in September 2009 as Interregional Advisor on Population and Housing Censuses. She is available for short-term technical assistance to regions, sub-regions and countries planning to undertake a census during the 2010 Round. Prior to her assignment in New York, she was the head of Population and Demography Group at the Turkish Statistical Institute. She participated in all stages of the 2000 Population and Housing Census of Turkey as chief of the Census Division. She has experience on data processing; data analysis and evaluation particularly in case of using optical data capture (OCR/ICR) system. Recently, she worked on developing a new system for the 2011 population and housing census based on administrative registers in Turkey. She was actively involved in establishing the population registration system and improving the system for census topics. She also worked for planning, implementing and evaluating the field work for checking the data quality available in the population registration system. In addition, she has experience on producing national and sub-national population projections. During her professional career, she maintained her research interests in different methods for conducting population and housing censuses and prepared theses and several articles on evaluation of data quality of vital events, the social and economic factors affecting internal migration. She is a member of Population Association of Turkey.

Area of specialization:

Methods of population and housing census; ICR technology; administrative registers for census data; data quality; demographic techniques; population projections


2009 - present   Interregional Advisor on Population and Housing Census, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Statistics Division, United Nations, New York
2005 - 2009   Head of Group, Population and Demography, Turkish Statistical Institute, Ankara, Turkey
1999 - 2005   Chief of Division, Population and Housing Census, Turkish Statistical Institute, Ankara, Turkey
1993 - 1999   Chief of Division, Analytical Studies in Population and Demography, Turkish Statistical Institute, Ankara, Turkey
1985 - 1993   Senior Statistician, Demographic Statistics Division, Turkish Statistical Institute, Ankara, Turkey


1987 - MS in Statistics (thesis in Estimation of Mortality Using Model Life Tables), Hacettepe University, Turkey
1985 - Bachelor in Statistics, Hacettepe University, Turkey