Plenary speakers

We are delighted to announce our plenary and Borrie lecture speakers for this year’s APA conference. Our keynote speakers will provide us with stimulating global insights and perspectives on population matters important to Australia today, and orientated to our theme Beyond the City: Who's out there?

Meet our keynote speakers for the 2018 APA Conference:

Borrie Lecture Dr Daniel T LichterOur Borrie Lecture will be delivered by Dr Daniel T. Lichter from Cornell University. Daniel is past-president of the Population Association of America (2012) and former president of the Rural Sociological Society, as well as the Population Association of America. He has been writing extensively on the rural/urban interface, including a recent issue of the ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. He is the Ferris Family Professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management, Professor of Sociology, former Director of the Cornell Population Center, and current Robert S. Harrison Director of the Institute for Social Sciences. Daniel teaches courses on population and public policy, poverty and inequality, and demographic techniques.


Prof Sharon Sessler

Our plenary speakers are Professor Sharon Sassler from Cornell University and Andrey Petrov, President of the International Arctic Social Sciences Association. Professor Sassler is a social demographer whose research examines factors shaping the activities of young adults and their life course transitions into school and work, relationships, and parenthood, and how these transitions vary by gender, race/ethnicity, and social class. Her published research on family demography explores various facets of contemporary relationships such as assessing whether marital or cohabiting unions are associated with the health of single mothers. Sharon’s recently published (2017) book, Cohabitation Nation: Gender, Class and the Remaking of Relationships examines how cohabitation is contributing to growing levels of family inequality in the United States and generated a great deal of media interest in Australia.


Peter McDonaldProfessor Peter McDonald is Emeritus Professor of Demography in the Crawford School of Public Policy. He was President of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) for the years, 2010-2013. Peter is now employed as Professor of Demography in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and an inaugural Public Policy Fellow of the ANU. He is frequently consulted on the issue of population futures (causes, consequences and policies) by governments around the world, especially in Australia, Europe and East Asia. In 2008, he was appointed as a Member in the Order of Australia. In 2015, he received the Irene B. Taueber Award, the major award of the Population Association of America. He is Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research. Prior to his present appointment, he was head of research at the Australian Institute of Family Studies for 11 years. He has a PhD degree in Demography from the Australian National University and an Honours degree in Economics Statistics from the University of New South Wales. 


Andrey PetrovAndrey Petrov is an Associate Professor of Geography and Director of the Arctic, Remote and Cold Territories Interdisciplinary Center (ARCTICentre) at the University of Northern Iowa and has had working links with demographers in Australia for many years. He is current President of the International Arctic Social Sciences Association and Director of the Arctic Social and Environmental Systems Research Lab (ARCSES) and the Program in Research and Outreach in Geography between Russia and the United States (PROGRUS). Born and educated in Russia, Andrey’s research primarily focuses on the nexus between population and economic issues for northern communities and policies of regional development in the Arctic. He is the Vice-Chair and U.S. Representative on the IASC Social & Human Sciences Working Group and Past-Chair of the Polar Geography Speciality Group of the Association of American Geographers and leads a number of circumpolar research initiatives including the NSF research coordination networks in Arctic sustainability (Arctic-FROST and Artic-COAST).


Andrew howeAndrew Howe has been with the Australian Bureau of Statistics' Demography Program since 1991, and for most of this time has led the teams that produce Australia's official population estimates. His achievements include the first series of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population estimates, developing methods to estimate regional internal and overseas migration, and increasing the range and availability of Australia's small area demographic data. Outside his ABS role he is honorary statistician for Football Federation Australia. His record for Australia's men's and women's national football teams is treated as the games' official statistical record. Since 2000 he has authored the official guides for Australia's annual national football leagues, and he recently published the Encyclopedia of Socceroos, which explores the backgrounds of all men's national team players since 1922.  


Tom WilsonTom Wilson is Principal Research Fellow in demography at Charles Darwin University. He is an applied demographer specialising in population and household projections, migration analysis, indirect estimation, Indigenous demography, very elderly demographic trends, migration analysis and subnational demographic change.