Dr Liz Allen

B.SocSci (Population Studies), Macquarie University; M.SocRes (Methods), Australian National University; PhD (Demography), Australian National University
Demographer, Senior Lecturer
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Research interests

Dr Liz Allen is a highly skilled demographer and social researcher with quantitative and qualitative expertise. Her research interests include:

  • demography/population studies
  • social trends
  • population health
  • health and education inequalities
  • Indigenous demography
  • gender and population
  • census and data collections
  • research methods, materials and ethics
  • methodology innovation



Liz has considerable experience working in the public and academic sectors. She was named among the national Top 5 academics in the humanities and social sciences by the ABC in 2018.

The Future of Us, Liz's first book was published in 2020, tracks Australia's demographic journey through time and presents opportunities for a fairer and more equal nation.

She was named a woman to watch by the Ausralian Financial Review in 2023.

Liz’s doctoral research explored the individual, family and neighbourhood contributions to child excess weight and screen time among two Australian cohorts.

Liz has experience teaching a number of courses, including: postgraduate preparatory courses; SOCR1001 Foundations of Social Research; SOCR4008 Qualitative Social Research; SOCR8008 Qualitative Data Collection; SOCR8011 Mixed Methods Social Research; DEMO2001 Population Studies; DEMO8079 Health Demography; and DEMO8082 Social Research Practice.

Liz was formerly a representative for the Network of Early Career Teachers, Academics and Researchers at the ANU.

Dr Allen served on the ANU Council as an elected staff member 2022-24.

Liz was a national council member of the Australian Population Association 2016-2020. 

Liz was Vice President of Australian Population Association 2012-16.

Liz was Secretary of the Australian Population Association 2008-12.


Current student projects

Gabby Lawrence (Denning-Cotter): Situating ‘voice’ in policy design. How to bring lived experience perspectives into the design of Australia’s social welfare system. https://csrm.cass.anu.edu.au/people/gabrielle-lawrence

Katy Smith: Primary school attendance by Indigenous children in remote Northern Territory: what policies could be used to improve attendance rates? PhD scholar

Past student projects

Jeevana KC: Quality antenatal care and its influence on utilisation of skilled birth attendants in Nepal Masters Advanced scholar


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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