Alumni & friends news

Alumni & friends news

Where are our alumni and former staff members now? We are interested in hearing from our graduates and former staff members. Please contact School of Demography Administration to update your contact details or to provide other information.

September 2016

The first Professor Jack Caldwell Memorial Lecture was held during the 14th Annual Conference of Indian Association for Social Sciences and Health (IASSH) on 24 September 2016 at Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics (Deemed University), Pune. Professor K.N.M. Raju (PhD graduate) initiated the organization of this memorial lecture.  » further information

June 2016

Congratulations to Alan Lopez (PhD graduate) who was recognised in the 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours list as a Companion (AC) in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

Laureate Professor Alan Donald Lopez Tamborine Mountain, QLD.
For eminent service to science, both nationally and internationally, as an academic, researcher and author, and to the advancement of planning and policy development to improve public health in developing countries.

Remembering Jack Caldwell - We have published the last of Jack Caldwell's reminisces on his early career, this time in Nigeria, as well as 'Memories of Africa' written by Bruce Caldwell. » read more

The Indian Association for Social Science and Health (IASSH) have announced that they will hold the Jack Caldwell Annual Memorial Lecture on 24 September 2016 during the 14th Annual Conference in Pune, Mharashtra, India. » further information

May 2016

A memorial service for Jack Caldwell, organised by the Vice Chancellor Professor Brian P. Schmidt AC, was held on 25 May. The program for the memorial contains photos, an obituary written by Peter McDonald and an article by Colin Caldwell on 'Why Jack loved ANU'. » memorial service program

Daphne Broers-Freeman, who produced publications for the Department of Demography for many years, passed away on 18 March 2016.

Jacob Adetunji (PhD graduate 1995) is the Senior Demographer for the Office of Population and Reproductive Health at he US Agency for International Development (USAID) in Washington  and also the Deputy Chief for Policy in the Evaluation and Communication Division.

KNM Raju (PhD graduate 1989) is a consultant to various NGOs. He was previously Professor and Head of the PRC, ISEC in Bangalore, India and retired in 2005.

March 2016

It is with sadness that we announce that Jack Caldwell (Professor John Charles Caldwell AO), PhD graduate and former Head of the Demography Program, passed away on 12 March 2016 at the age of 87 years.

» read the obituary written by Peter McDonald, Terry Hull and Bob Douglas

February 2016

John Bryant (PhD graduate), now at Statistics New Zealand and University of Waikato, and Jakub Bijak, University of Southampton, have published a seminal review paper on 'Bayesian demography 250 years after Bayes'. The paper has been published in Population Studies (open access).

KAP Siddhisena (MA graduate) has a consultancy with the UNFPA in Myanmar to analyse their Census data and produce a Thematic Report on Elderly Population in Myanmar. Ann Larson (PhD graduate 1987) has also been doing some consultancy work on this project.

Tin Tin Nyunt (MA graduate) was Director of the Ministry of Immigration and Population and also Adviser to the last Census.

December 2015

MV George made a pilgrimage to ANU 50 years after completing his PhD in Demography (1962-1965) and met with James Raymer and Peter McDonald on 11 Decmeber. After ANU, he worked with Statistics Canada, Ottawa in several professional and managerial positions over 30 years - most of the time with its Demography Division as Chief, Population Projections program. He retired in 2003 and is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Global Health and Sociology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

November 2015

Alan Lopez (PhD graduate) is featured in a aricle titled 'Alan Lopez: making everone count' published in The Lancet in October. Lado Ruzicka (former staff member) and Lene Mikkelsen (PhD graduate) are also mentioned in the article. Alan and Lene are lead authors on the new Lancet series, Counting Births and Deaths. » read more

October 2015

Ateeq Zaki, Master of Social Research graduate, has been appointed Social Development Specialist at the World Bank in Afghanistan.

Read about Ateeq's experience studying for his Master of Social Research at ANU in two articles.

» ANU College of Social Sciences student profile
» ANU On Campus news

September 2015

Jack Caldwell, PhD graduate and former Head of the Demography Department, reflects on his life and work in Ghana. » read more

Sri Moertiningsih Adioetomo (PhD graduate)
Professor Adioetomo, was one of five distinguished recipients of the KOMPAS 2015 Leading Intellectual Awards. KOMPAS is Indonesia’s leading national newspapers and this year’s awards coincides with the newspaper’s 50th anniversary. Professor Toening’s profile as a demographer was featured in in a full page profile in the newspaper. KOMPAS article (PDF 918KB)

Kyosuke Tanaka (MSR Advanced graduate)
Kyosuke, who graduated in July, has received a full scholarship for the PhD in Communication at Northwestern University in the US. This is an excellent program and full scholarships are hard to get.

Farhat Yusuf (PhD graduate)
Professor Farhat Yusuf is the first Pakistani to receive the honor of  Member of the Order of Australia. He received the honor on Australia Day 2015 for 'significant service to teriary education as a specialist demographer, and to professional organisations in Australia and oversesas'.

July 2015

Koni (Jaques) Bogoma (PhD graduate 1982) sadly passed away on 2 February 2915. read more (in French) (English translation)

Several alumni have contributed to the book, Population and Develpment, A Festscrift in Honour of Professor KAP Siddhisena, published in 2015. KAP Siddhisena is an MA graduate (1979). Contributors to the book include the late Graeme Hugo (PhD 1976), Barbara Edgar (PhD 2012) and Gamini Wijesekere (PhD 1991).

Abusaleh Shariff (PhD 1986) visited ADSRI on 24 June 2015 to give a seminar on the topic, 'Growth with equity: Inclusion and demographic dividends in India'. He is the Executive Director and Chief Scholar at the US-India Policy Institute, Washington DC and President or the Centre for Research and Debates in Development Policy, New Delhi. More information about the seminar and his biography.

April 2015

Eng-Chuan Koh (PhD graduate) is Director of Income, Expenditure and Population Statistics in Singapore's Department of Statistics, which is the national statistical office.

Hossein Mahmoudian (PhD graduate) translated the book Beginning Population Studies, by David Lucas and Paul Meyer, into Farsi for use by students in Iran.

Kien Van Nguyen (PhD graduate) has returned to ANU as a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Fenner School of Environment and Society. After completing his PhD  in 2012, he returned to Vietman to lead the Research Centre for Rural Development at An Giang University in the Mekong Delta. He became Director of the Centre early in 2014.

In January 2015, Zhitha Mokomane (PhD graduate) joined the Department of Sociology at the University of Pretoria as an Associate Professor. For almost eight years previously she was at the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa.

January 2015

Graeme Hugo 1946-2015
Sadly, Graeme Hugo (PhD graduate) died on 19 January 2015. Peter McDonald has written an obituary for the IUSSP which you can also read on our webstite. » read more

December 2014

Tim Adair, PhD graduate, is Director of the National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre.

Jack Caldwell, PhD graduate and former Head of the Demography Department, reminisces about his introduction to the study of demography. » read more

John Bryant, PhD graduate, gave a seminar on 'Bayesian demographic estimation' for the ANU College of Business and Economics on 3 October. John is a Senior Researcher with Statistics New Zealand.

Samuel Kwesi Gaisie, PhD graduate in 1973, sadly passed away on 14 July in Legon. A biography is available on the Regional Institute for Population Studies, University of Ghana website.

Mulyadi, PhD graduate 2013, has been selected as a World Social Science Fellow by the International Social Science Council. » read his report

Ram Sharan Pathak, PhD graduate, was nominated as Tribhuvan University Academic Council Member, effective from 29 August 2014. The Council is the university's highest decision-making body regarding educational policies and practices - curricula, teaching, examinations and research.

July 2014 update

Gavin Jones visited ADSRI in July 2014. While he was here he gave a seminar on the topic, 'What is driving marriage trends in Asia?' Gavin graduated with his PhD in 1966 and was head of Demography at ANU for many years. He is is Director of the JY Pillay Comparative Asia Research Centre at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and has been at NUS for 11 years.

Terry Hull has written about his recent activities for the Asian Population Association and mentions the following alumni: Josephina Cabigon, Ram Pathak, Naryani Tiwari and Ram Hari Aryal.

May 2014 update

Jacob Adetunji, MA graduate (1990) and PhD graduate (1995), is working with USAID in Washington DC. He was the recipient of USAID's Science & Technology Award in 2012 - in recognition of outstanding technical leadership and innovation that advanced science and evidence through the international Demographic & Health Surveys (DHS) program.

Zitha Mokomane, Graduate Diploma 1997, MA 1998, PhD2004, was in Canberra recently and gave a seminar on Friday 2 May. She is the Chief Research Specialist in the Human and Social Development Programme of the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa. She has recently edited the book, Work-Family Interface in sub-Saharan Africa:  Challenges and Responses (Z Mokomane (Ed), Springer, 2014).

Mansell Prothero (Professor), a frequent visitor to the ANU in the 1980s and 1990s, passed away peacefully at home after a short illness on 24 December 2013 at the age of 89. He was a key pioneer of population studies in Africa, dating from his time in the early 1950s at the University of Ibadan in the Department of Geography and the West African Institute for Social Research.

KAP Siddhisena retired in January 2014 after a long and distinguished career. He was Senior Professor of Demography at the University of Colombo. Professor Siddhisena graduated in 1979 with a MA in Demography from ANU and later gained his PhD from the University of Michigan.  He is well known as a pioneer in the field of demography in Sri Lanka. Professor Siddhesena will be visiting Canberra at the end of May and giving a seminar in ADSRI on the 30th.

Guangyu Zhang, Phd graduate, gave a seminar on 'Estimating fertility of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women using Census data: Methodological issues and implications' on Friday 23 May.

February 2014 update

Habte Tesfaghiorghis, PhD graduate and former staff member, passed away in 10 February 2014. Yohannes Kinfu and David Lucas have written a tribute to Habte.

January 2014 update

In memory of Ladislav Ruzicka

Libor Stloukal has written about Lado's life.

November 2013 update

IUSSP alumni and friends dinner

ANU Demography alumni and friends gathered at Party and Play at Bexco Busan for our IUSSP conference dinner. Of the 43 attendees were alumni, who graduated from the 1960s through to 2013, as well as former staff and visitors. The food and the company were great. A big thank you to Professor Tai-Hun Kim (Korea National University of Education) who assisted us to organise this event.

August 2013 update

Lado Ruzicka passes away

Sadly, Lado Ruzicka passed away at his home on Thursday 10 July 2013.

Lado joined the Demography Department in August 1971 and retired as a Professorial Fellow approximately 25 years ago. He and his wife, Penny Kane, a former Visitor to the Department, lived at Major's Creek near Braidwood until July last year when they moved to Chipping Sodbury in England to be closer to family.

A longer tribute will be published in our October newsletter.

Brienna Perelli-Harris (Master of Population Studies graduate) has been awarded a five-year European Research Council starting grant to study the increase in childbearing within cohabitation in industrialised countries. Dr Perelli-Harris is a reader in Demography at the University of Southampton.

Tapiwa Jhamba, PhD graduate (1996), is working with the UNFPA in Kampala. He coordinates  the UN joint programme on population which involves 10 UN agencies, 5 government ministries and several other government entities, NGOs and CSOs. The programme is funded by DFID with the goal of accelerating the onset of a demographic transition in Uganda.

June 2013 update

Guangyu Zhang, who received his doctorate at ADSRI, was awarded the 2013 Ken Foreman Award by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
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March 2013 update

Binod Nepal (PhD Graduate), after working for many years at National Centre for Social & Economic Modelling (NATSEM), University of Canberra, is now Assistant Director, Payment Data and Analysis Section, Data and Analysis Branch, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations in Canberra.

Zitha Mokomane  (PhD graduate), organised a policy workshop at the Human Sciences Research Council in Pretoria entitled The state of families in South Africa: Mapping existing research and identifying gaps for senior government officials in South Africa. Gavin Jones (PhD graduate, former Head of the Demography Program and now at the University of Singapore) gave a presentation on Changing marriage patterns in Asia: Implications for policy at the workshop.

December 2012 update

Chibwe Lwamba (MA  graduate), is Strategic Information Adviser to UNAIDS in Lesotho.

Zitha Mokomane, PhD graduate, is Senior Research Specialist at the Population Health, Health Systems and Innovation Program, Human Sciences Research Council in Pretoria, South Africa. Zitha will be visiting Canberra on 15-16 July 2013.

Machwene Molomo is Director, Electrification Policy Development and Management Roman Eleven, Department of Energy, Pretoria, South Africa. Machwene was a major contributor to the report, A survey of energy-related behaviour and perceptions in South Africa.

Namuunda Mutombo, PhD graduate, is Associate Research Scientist with the African Population and Health Research Center.

Nepali Sah, PhD graduate, has recently been appointed as Monitoring and Evaluation Adviser with AusAID's Health and HIV Program.

September 2012 update

Abbas Bhuiya, PhD graduate, has been appointed as acting Executive Director of the ICDDR,B (International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh).

Carlos Arnaldo,  PhD graduate, has recently founded the Centre for Population Health Research which will conduct policy relevant research on population and health in Mozambique. He is the Director of the Centre.

June 2012 update

Namuunda Mutombo, a PhD graduate of the Demography and Sociology Program (the predecessor to ADSRI), has been appointed National Advisor – Population by the Zambian Government.

March 2012 update

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