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ADSRI newsletter

Australian Demographic & Social Research Institute

No. 1/2012

Director's message

Edith Gray, Deputy Director and
Peter McDonald, Director, ADSRI


ADSRI was created by ANU just over five years ago to be a centre of excellence in applied social and demographic research and training in Australia. While you can visit the ADSRI web site to find out what we are doing and what we have achieved, this newsletter is designed to provide at a glance an overview of our current activities. For each news item, you can find more information by clicking on the link. ADSRI is now a large organisation with around 36 academic staff members, about half of whom are adjunct appointments. We conduct our work in seven research groups: family dynamics and policy; international migration; longevity, ageing and mortality; population, health and development; digital economy and society; civil society, citizenship and the third sector; and demographic-economic modelling. ADSRI is a node of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research. We coordinate the University’s Master of Social Research degree training and have over 30 PhD students. I hope that, from time to time, the newsletter will provide information that you will find useful to your own interests.

Peter McDonald

Greater Jakarta transition to adulthood survey

A series of policy briefs based on the 2010 Greater Jakarta Transition to Adulthood Study have recently been produced. The briefs cover issues such as: underemployment among senior high school graduates, knowledge and access to services to prevent unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, and employment problems for disadvantaged mothers.

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Demographic microsimulation workshops

ADSRI recently hosted two highly successful microsimulation training workshops held as part of the Interdisciplinary Microsimulation Project (IMP). The first workshop covered SOCSIM and was led by Professor Mike Murphy of the London School of Economics. The second, led by Jim Oeppen of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, was on CAMSIM. Both of these microsimulation systems are designed for demographic purposes and enable the construction of families and lineages within model populations, a feature that is absent from most other microsimulation systems.

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Demographic consequences of Asian disasters

ADSRI ARC Discovery Grant, 'Demographic Consequences of Asian Disasters: Family Dynamics, Social Capital and Migration Patterns,' has been put forward by ARC for inclusion in the Prime Minister's White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century.

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Indonesian gender and reproductive health study

An ADSRI evaluation of approaches to gender and reproductive health education in schools in Indonesia has contributed to policy changes that will require textbook authors to have a better understanding of gender equality and reproductive health. The study results are also being used in the drafting of a new Gender Equality Law.

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Fertility census data analysis in Fiji

Dr Bhakta Gubhaju, Adjunct Associate Professor, ADSRI has undertaken a consultancy service with ANU Enterprise with financial support from UNFPA, Fiji to provide technical support in the area of fertility focussed census data analysis in Fiji. The main objective of this project is to provide technical assistance to Fiji Bureau of Statistics in the preparation of a monograph on fertility focussed census data analysis of Fiji.

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Laxenburg declaration on population and sustainable development

Dr Adrian Hayes, an Adjunct Associate Professor with ADSRI, was one of over twenty experts who were brought together by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) to discuss how population factors promote or impede sustainable development.

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Profile: Dr Meimanat Hosseini-Chavoshi

Meimanat Hosseini-Chavoshi is a Research Fellow at the ADSRI. Prior to work at the ANU, she had longstanding career with the Iran Ministry of Health for designing, implementing and data analysis of several national surveys in the areas of demographic issues, reproductive health, fertility transition, adolescents and aging. With Professor Peter McDonald, she is currently working on a research project on the ‘Projection of Social, Economic and Demographic Characteristics of Older Populations in Australia’ funded by Australian Research Council (ARC) awarded through the CEPAR.

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Meet our interns

Samantha Hobro and Heleen Troost are visiting ADSRI as interns for 3 months. Find out about their experiences.

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Heleen Troost & Samantha Hobro



Peter McDonald

Peter McDonald named an Inaugural Public Policy Fellow and a Member of the Council of Advisors to Population Europe.

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Excellence in gender research

Wienta Diarsvitri, a PhD Candidate with ADSRI, has been awarded the 2011 Gender Institute Excellence in Gender Research Prize for a journal article published in 2011 by an ANU graduate student.

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Forthcoming events

Seminars & public lectures

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2nd Asian Population Association (APA) conference

Three ADSRI staff, Mohammad Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi (APA President), Terry Hull (Vice President), and Bhakta Gubhaju (Council member) visited Bangkok for the APA council meeting to discussed the program for the second APA conference to be held in Bangkok during 26-29 August 2012.

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International Seminar on Population Dynamics and the Human Dimensions of Climate Change

Canberra, Australian National University, 27-29 November 2012.

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International Seminar on the Demography of Forced Migration and Refugees

The IUSSP Panel of the Demography of Refugees will organise its international seminar on the Demographic Perspectives on Refugee and Forced Migration in collaboration with ADSRI and the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Tehran, in Tehran during 14-16 May 2012.

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» recent & forthcoming publications

Graduate Abbas Adam

Abbas Adam passed away suddenly on 29 December in Khartoum from diabetes-related complications.

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