Population Studies Centre
The Population Studies Centre
generates and co-ordinates research in Population Studies, and provides
a service function in this field. The Centre is the only such unit
in New Zealand, so its functions are national as well as regional.
It also has major international and cross-national research interests.
Associates of the Centre are drawn
from a number of disciplines including Demography, Economics, Education,
Geography, History, Statistics, Psychology and Sociology. There
is provision for the appointment, as Associates, of persons outside
the University with relevant experience and expertise.
The demographic research interests
of members of the Centre span diverse areas including work with
and on behalf of the International Union for the Scientific Study
of Population and other scientific organisations, the United Nations
Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, the South
Pacific Commission, the United Nations Fund for Population Activities,
and many different public and non-governmental agencies in New Zealand.
Research on policy matters related to demographic topics includes
the family, labour force and ageing, population redistribution,
fertility and reproductive health in both New Zealand and overseas,
refugee movements and the consequences of international migration.
Research also includes such areas as mortality, health, population-development and
population-food security, inter-relations in the Third World, population
policy, historical demography and fertility and family formation.
Finally, Centre Associates in teaching
departments coordinate an interdisciplinary teaching programme at
undergraduate and graduate level.