Population policy, however defined, is always in the news. In the first half of 2018 topics in the media included skilled migrants, refugees, abortion, same sex marriage, urban growth and infrastructure, and research on various diseases. We consider many types of policies, who can make policy, and the implementation impact of policies. Questions raised include ‘Can policies be replicated?’ ‘Do UN goals have any impact?’ and ‘What is the role of the individual?’. Case studies will cover gun control in the USA and the immigration debate in Australia.
David Lucas joined the ANU as a demographer in 1976, and is currently an Academic Visitor in the School of Demography. He is editing the third edition of Beginning Population Studies which will include a chapter co-authored with Mike Roettger on Population Policy and Advocacy.
Mike Roettger is a lecturer in the School of Demography who specialises in life course theory, child development, criminology, and applied longitudinal methods. A major theme of his research over the last decade has focused on parental imprisonment. In addition to his work on parental imprisonment, Mike's research examines how social environments and genetic propensities may lead to adverse health and behavioural outcomes, prenatal stress and child mal-development, and evaluation of clinical trial data.