Research in the area of fertility and family formation investigates the dynamic nature of the family types in which people live, changes in family formation behaviour, and the work-family balance. Studies include the development of new methodologies for monitoring fertility trends, sex preference for children in Australia, living apart together relationships, non-marital childbearing, pathways to first births, repartnering following separation, and negotiating the life course for Australians. This research aims to contribute to the advancement of family policy.
Researchers and Research Areas of Expertise
Assoc Prof (Adjunct) Gordon Carmichael: Fertility; Health Care Administration; Family and Household Studies; Health and Community Services; Population Trends and Policies; Health Policy; Mortality; Culture, Gender, Sexuality; Public Health and Health Services; Demography
Prof Ann Evans: Fertility; Family and Household Studies; Social Change; Demography
Assoc Prof Edith Gray: Family Demography; Inequality in family formation; Repartnering, cohabitation and living-apart-together relationships; Fertility, contraception and travelling for reproductive care; Parenting; Men's involvement in family life; Civic involvement; Data quality; Use of longitudinal data; Ethical issues in research
Emeritus Prof Terence Hull: Demography; Reproduction; Fertility; Population Trends and Policies; Family and Household Studies; Public Health and Health Services; Health Policy; Culture, Gender, Sexuality
Prof James Raymer: Migration; Human Geography; Demography
Dr Michael Roettger: Criminology; Demography; Sociological Methodology and Research Methods; Family and Household Studies; Causes and Prevention Of Crime
Dr Iwu Dwisetyani Utomo: Demography; Ageing; Life Cycle of Young People; Reproductive Health; Gender Empowerment; Studies of Asian Society; Culture, Social Change and Health
Prof Zhongwei Zhao: Demography; Mortality; Fertility; Family and Household Studies; Population Trends and Policies
Inequality in first family formation in contemporary Australia: Funding provided by the Australian Research Council as a 2015 Discovery Project Grant. The timing and context of Australians’ entry into parenthood differs across the socio-economic spectrum. This project investigates the socio-economic disparities in entering parenthood, particularly focusing on education and employment differentials as well as socio-demographic factors such as ethnic and religious background, and experience of family dissolution.
Accountable fertility treatment: An evidenced-based framework for the provision of cost-effective, patient-centred fertility treatment in Australia: Funding provided by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Australia has the most supportive funding model for ART in the world through Medicare, yet little policy analysis has been undertaken. This project will fill this policy vacuum by developing an evidence-based framework for cost-effective, patient-centred fertility treatment in Australia
- Infertility management in women and men attending primary care – patient characteristics, management actions and referrals, Raymer J, et al, 2019, Human Reproduction Online, 1-11
- Projecting future utilization of medically assisted fertility treatments, Raymer, James, Qing, Guan, et al (2019), Population Studies, online
- Indigenous fertility in Australia: updating Alan Gray, Carmichael, Gordon (20 Sept 2019), Journal of Population Research , pp 1-35
- Mind the “Happiness” gap: The relationship between cohabitation, marriage and subjective well-being in the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany and Norway, Brienna Perelli-Harris, Stefanie Hoherz, Trude Lappegård, Ann Evans (2019), Demography 56:1219-1246
- Prospective relations between prenatal maternal cortisol and child health outcomes, Mike Roettger, Hannah Schreier, Mark Feinberg, Damon Jones, 2019, Psychosomatic Medicine, V81, 557-565
- Indigenous people in Australia and New Zealand and the intergenerational effects of incarceration, Roettger, Michael; Lakewood, Krystal; Susan Dennison 2019, Sydney, NSW: New South Wales Department of Justice
- High and Growing Disapproval of sex-selection technology in Australia, Kippen, Rebecca; Gray, Edith; Evans, Ann 2018, Reproductive Health, vol. 15, no. 134, pp. 1-9
- Marriage and happiness: Australians’ changing attitudes to marriage, Evans, Ann and Gray, Edith 2018, in Shaun Wilson and Markus Hadler (ed.), Australian Social Attitudes IV: The age of insecurity, Sydney University Press, Sydney, pp. 195-209
This list summarises major publications by researchers in the ANU School of Demography. For an expanded list of publications, please refer to individual researcher profiles linked above.