Current Projects:


Mapping Social Cohesion study is the pre-eminent source of information on social cohesion in Australia. Running since 2007 and with surveys of the Australian population conducted annually since 2009, the study provides a rich and long-running set of data on Australians' attitudes to social cohesion, immigration, multiculturalism, and a range of other topical issues.

Advanced Research on Healthy Longevity in Australia and the Asia-Pacific: This project will analyse long-term data to explore trends in the health of successive generations of older Australians, providing improved information for planning future demand for health services, the age pension, and aged care. By identifying inequalities in later-life health and the drivers of healthy longevity, this project addresses a pressing issue facing Australia and other ageing populations.

Health, well-being and longevity of older adults in low and middle-income countries: With funding provided by the ANU Futures Scheme, this project focusses on developing a new evidence-base on ageing in low- and middle-income (LMI) countries by utilising emerging nationally-representative longitudinal data sources.

HIV after 40 in Rural South Africa: Aging in the Context of HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Funding provided by the (U.S.) National Institutes of Health (NIH). This project seeks to examine life course variation in HIV vulnerability.

Life expectancy among disease-diagnosed: By analysing national linkage data, we will identify gaps in longevity between Australians diagnosed with diseases and the general population. The outcomes of this project will inform people with disorders, healthcare providers and decision-makers regarding exact life expectancies and, thereby, generate information on diseases, which ought to be addressed more comprehensively.

Mapping the prevalence of smoking with increased precision in sparsely sampled regions of Australia: After a review of the state of the art of small area estimation, we will build a multilevel statistical model for the estimation of smoking prevalence in small areas across the whole of Australia. This will lead to mapping the prevalence of smoking with increased precision in sparsely sampled regions of Australia. A third part of the project will evaluate the impacts of interventions implemented at the small-area level (rather than a State or national) level on smoking prevalence over time.

Australian Human Mortality Database: Created to provide detailed Australian mortality and population data for Australia, its states and its territories (deaths counts, births counts, population size, exposure-to-risk, death rates). We are looking for partners in academia, government and industry to help us extend and further improve The Australian Human Mortality Database.

Beginning Population Studies A third edition is now in preparation and draft Chapters are available.



Recently Completed Projects:


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

Meeting the Needs of Older Persons in Indonesia: Funding provided by the Australian Research Council and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research. The project examines the needs of older people in rural Indonesia for income, housing, health care, assistance with daily tasks and social interaction. It measures their needs, the extent to which their needs are met and how the needs are met. It also considers the efficacy of existing policy programs and how policy might be improved.

The demographic consequences of migration to, from and within Australia: Funding provided by the Australian Research Council as a 2015 Discovery Project Grant. This study is about understanding the specific contributions made by both international migration and internal (domestic) migration to long-term demographic change.

Overcoming the problems of inconsistent migration data in the Asia Pacific: Funding provided by the Australian Research Council as a 2017 Discovery Project Grant. The proposed research addresses a fundamental gap in our knowledge about the population movements in the Asia-Pacific region by developing statistical models to harmonise and estimate the annual flows by origin, destination, age and sex.

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