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ANU Demography Newsletter



No 1/2016


Jack Caldwell 1928 - 2016

The world’s most famous demographer, noted for his ground-breaking work on fertility, mortality and the spread of disease in South Asia and Africa, died recently and was honoured at a memorial service on Wednesday 25 May 2016. Professor John Charles Caldwell AO (Jack) completed his PhD degree in demography at ANU and was Head of the Department of Demography from 1970 to 1988.

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International migration under the microscope

In an article published in Science, James Raymer and colleagues have called on governments to collect and share more information about migration to keep better track of the millions of people who move from one country to another each year.

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Documentary on young adults in Jakarta

Iwu Utomo has been filming a documentary on how young people make ends meet in Jakarta.

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A new method for forecasting population size

Han Lin Shang and colleagues have used a cohort-component projection model to forecast the population size of the United Kingdom in research published recently.

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Lecturer appointed

Integrating genetics and demographic studies of population health and marriage is a major research interest of newly appointed lecturer Yi Li. He will take up the position in July.

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PhD awarded

Congratulations to Cuc Hoang who has been awarded a PhD for her thesis, 'Modes of care for the elderly in Vietnam: Adaptation to change'.

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New PhD students

We welcome James O'Donnell, Meg Kingsley and Muhammad Ulil Absor who have recently begun their PhD studies.

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Heterogeneity in Mortality Workshop

This Workshop, held in April, investigated the mortality decline and the evolution of differentials to gain a better understanding of the underlying causes of relative advantage and disadvantage in current mortality in Australia.

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Afghan Migration Conference

Experts met in March to discuss Afghan migration to Europe and Australia within a broader global context.

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Selected activities

Heather Booth

Heather Booth gave a public lecture at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing on 10 February on 'The process of population ageing and its challenges in Asia'. Heather also visited the University of Newcastle and University of Oxford earlier this year and is currently visiting the Max-Planck Odense Center on the Biodemography of Aging in Denmark.

James Raymer and Zhongwei Zhao

James Raymer and Zhongwei Zhao recently visited population research centres at five universities in China. Between them they gave eight presentations.

Adrian Hayes

Adrian Hayes was invited to speak at a special session of the African Population Conference entitled, 'Harnessing the demographic dividend in Africa: What can we learn from Asia and Latin America?'

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Short course for Yangon University academics

The fourth and final group of academic staff from Yangon University in Myanmar came to ANU for an intensive short course in demography and social research methods. The program aims to develop the capacity at Yangon University to undertake multi-disciplinary research.

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Recent visitors

Recent visitors to the School of Demography have included
Vladimir Canudas-Romo, Annette Erlangsen, Jon Anson, Caroline Kabiru, Yingchun Ji and Lei Zhang.

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Alumni & friends news

Updates on our alumni and friends.

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Recent publications

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