School of Demography Highlights

School of Demography Highlights

The School of Demography aims to be the leading demographic centre for research and training in the Asia and Pacific region, informing policy and the broader public on major demographic issues facing Australia and its region. Currently the school is conducting research in fertility, family formation and change, mortality, ageing and health, and international and internal migration.

Events, Conferences and Exhibitions

  • The School of Demography held a Symposium on Reproduction and Family Formation with the School of Sociology which brought together 20 researchers involved in a diverse range of topics relating to this area of research. Paper topics included paleo-demography, fertility and climate change; the feminist economics of donor milk; the patchwork of arrangements in family law relating to non-normative families; Australian demographic data re sex selection; the economics of future demand for infertility treatments; the importance of relationality in the mother-infant relationship; drugs and the production of good and bad mothers; sex and youth transitions in Indonesia; and, scripting methodologies to explore young men’s fertility desires and intentions.

Consultancies and Outreach

  • A/Prof Vladimir Canudas-Romo has been working with visiting PhD and Research Students on topics relating to ‘Mortality Forecasting with Modified Lee-Carter Method: Adjusting for Smoothing and Lifespan Disparity’, The impact of urbanization on the evolution of life expectancy in Scotland, 1861-1920, Modelling and forecasting human mortality’, and Decomposing changing sex-gap in life expectancy: Period and cohort perspectives’.


  • The School of Demography have published the first comprehensive study of population change across the whole of Asia with the handbook The Routledge Handbook of Asian Demography. This publication was edited by Professor Zhongwei Zhao and Dr Adrian Hayes, and contributed to by Heather Booth, Peter McDonald, and Terence Hull. It was published in early 2018 and covers demographic transitions on the continent, their considerable variations, their causes and consequences, and their relationships with a wide range of social, economic, political and cultural processes.
  • Professor Zhongwei Zhao and his colleagues have published some early results from their study of examining changes in daily mortality and their determinants in the Vienna Yearbook of Population Research. The results were also presented at the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population conference.


  • School of Demography graduate Amina Keygan won the 2017 Charles Price Prize in Demography with her PhD thesis. The award was for outstanding research in Demography or migration studies.

Updated:  28 September 2018/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications