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New ideas and challenges for demographic research in Australia sympoium

On 23 October 2014, ADSRI and the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) hosted a one-day symposium on ‘new ideas and challenges for demographic research in Australia'. This event was sponsored by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences for the purpose of bringing together academics, practitioners and policy makers to share and discuss ideas on the types of research needed to identify the important demographic changes occurring in Australia and the possible implications these will have for the future. Each presenter was given 15 minutes to present their ideas and answer questions in one of four sessions covering (i) academic research priorities, (ii) government research priorities, (iii) data availability, access and linkage, and (iv) new and emerging methods.

The symposium was followed by a one-day workshop on 24 October consisting of academic demographers from ANU, Macquarie, Monash and the University of Queensland who discussed ideas for cross-institutional collaboration in research and demographic training.

The organisers of the symposium and workshop were Heather Booth (ADSRI), Nicolas Biddle (CAEPR), Ann Evans (ADSRI), Edith Gray (ADSRI) and James Raymer (ADSRI).

Program

Printable version of program (PDF 111 KB)

Welcome, introduction and aims

Toni Makkai (Dean, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU)
James Raymer (Director, ADSRI, ANU)

Session 1: Academic research priorities

Chair: James Raymer

1. Fertility and family

Ann Evans (ADSRI, ANU),
Dharmalingam Arunachalam (Centre for Population and Urban Research, Monash University)
Edith Gray (ADSRI, ANU)
Nick Parr (Department of Marketing and Management, Macquarie University)
Presentation slides (PDF 91KB)

2. Mortality and ageing

Heather Booth (ADSRI, ANU) on behalf of GLAM (Group on Longevity, Ageing and Mortality) Presentation (PDF 662KB)

3. Migration and mobility

Elin Charles-Edwards (Queensland Centre for Population Research (QCPR), University of Queensland (UQ))
Salut Muhidin (Department of Marketing and Management, Macquarie University)
James Raymer (ADSRI, ANU)
Tom Wilson (QCPR, UQ)
Presentation slides (PDF 82KB)

4. Indigenous populations

Nicholas Biddle (CAEPR, ANU)
Len Smith (ADSRI, ANU)
Presentation slides (PDF 137KB)

Session 2: Government research priorities

Chair: Nicholas Biddle

5. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Matthew James (IAG Information and Evaluation; Schools, Information and Evaluation Division)

6. Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Janice Wykes (Strategic Policy, Evaluation and Research Branch) Presentation slides (PDF 253 KB)

7. Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure (Victoria)

David Sykes (Demographic and Spatial Research) Presentation slides (PDF 475KB)

8. Department of Social Services

Peggy Hausknecht (Policy Modelling, Policy Office) Presentation slides (PDF 635KB)

Session 3: Data availability, access and linkage

Chair: Edith Gray

9. Australian Bureau of Statistics

Denise Carlton (Demography) Presentation (PDF KB)

10. NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Kim Johnstone (Centre for Demography, Economics and Research) Presentation slides (PDF 355KB)

11. Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Karen McGuigan (Migration Modelling and Statistics Section) Presentation slides (PDF 233KB)

12. Australian Institute for Health and Welfare

Phil Anderson (Data Linkage Unit) Presentation slides (PDF 467KB)

13. Data Linkage

Peter Christen (Research School of Computer Science, ANU) Presentation slides (PDF 687 KB)

Session 4: New and emerging methods

Chair: Heather Booth

14. Data intensive computing

Pascal van Hentenryck (Research School of Computer Science, ANU

15. Local and small area estimation and projection

Tom Wilson

16. Integrating uncertainty

James Raymer
Heather Booth
Presentation slides (PDF 496KB)

17. Longitudinal analyses

Gary Moorhead (Strategic Information Division, Department of Human Services) Presentation slides (PDF 517KB)

Summary and discussion

Chair: Ann Evans

18. Key messages

Peter McDonald (Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU)
Martin Bell (QCPR, UQ)

 

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