Where is the 'demography' in spatial demography?


With increases in the availability of geo-referenced data, there has been a push for developing better methods to study demographic processes across space. This paper reviews the recent developments in 'spatial demography' and argues that an important aspect has been neglected, namely the focus on the dynamics and interactions of population change across space, which is an area that should be central to the field. Frameworks for analyzing spatial demography were first proposed in multiregional demography. This paper revisits these methods and then describes how methods developed by geographers, economists and other social scientists for analyzing spatial data may be better integrated to study spatial population dynamics.

James Raymer is a Professor in the School of Demography at the Australian National University. From 2013 to 2016, he served as the Director of the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute before leading the creation of the new School of Demography in 2015 and becoming the Head of School. Prior to that, he worked in the Division of Social Statistics and the ESRC Research Centre for Population Change at the University of Southampton, England, after obtaining his PhD in Geography from the University of Colorado, Boulder, United States. He has published articles in demography, applied statistics, regional science and geography, and has co-authored three books entitled The Indirect Estimation of Migration, Demographic Aspects of Migration and International Migration in Europe. He is currently leading two research projects funded by the Australian Research Council on ‘the demographic consequences of migration to, from and within Australia’ and ‘overcoming the problems of inconsistent migration data in the Asia Pacific.’


Date & time

Fri 06 Oct 2017, 3:00pm to 4:00pm


Jean Martin Room, Level 3, Beryl Rawson Building (Building 13) ANU


James Raymer


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