Dr Gordon Carmichael

BA (Auckland), MA (Auckland), PhD (ANU)
Associate Professor (Adjunct)
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
T: +61 2 61255655

Areas of expertise

  • Fertility 160302
  • Health Care Administration 111709
  • Family And Household Studies 160301
  • Health And Community Services 111708
  • Population Trends And Policies 160305
  • Health Policy 160508
  • Mortality 160304
  • Culture, Gender, Sexuality 200205
  • Public Health And Health Services 1117
  • Demography 1603

Research interests

Family formation in Australia and elsewhere using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies; Adolescent sexual behaviour (especially in Thailand and Australia); Marriage and consensual partnering trends and patterns (especially in Australia, New Zealand and Thailand); Thailand's mortality transition; Health systems research; Australian historical demography; Thailand's health transition; Trans-Tasman migration; Demography of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand; Nonmarital fertility trends in Australia and New Zealand; Family dissolution trends

Current student projects

PhDs Currently Being Supervised

Kim Xu, Continuity and Change in Chinese Marriage Patterns 1949-2010


Past student projects

PhDs Supervised

W.I. (Lal) De Silva (Sri Lanka), Reproductive Preferences and Subsequent Behaviour of Sri Lankan Women, graduated 1990 (currently Professor and Head, Department of Demography, University of Colombo).

Stephen Buetow (New Zealand), Risk Factors for Perinatal Death in New South Wales, graduated 1991 (currently Associate Professor, Shool of Population Health, Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, University of Auckland).

Abdur Razzaque (Bangladesh), Reproductive Preferences and Subsequent Behaviour in a Rural Area of Bangladesh, graduated 1995 (currently Scientist, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Dhaka, Bangladesh).

Romeo Lee (Philippines), Towards Male Involvement in Population and AIDS Programs in the Philippines: Exploring Heterosexual Dating and Sexual Behaviour, and Condom Use Among Unmarried Young Males, graduated 1996 (currently Associate Professor and Chair, Behavioural Sciences Department, De La Salle University, Manila).

Josephine O’Toole (England), Reproductive Tract Infections and Women’s Reproductive Health in Ado-Ekiti, Southwest Nigeria, graduated 1996 (current whereabouts unknown).

Libor Stloukal (Czech Republic), Demographic Aspects of Abortion in Eastern Europe: A Study With Special Reference to the Czech Republic and Slovakia, graduated 1996 (has previously held academic posts at Charles University, Prague and the University of Exeter; currently Population Policy Expert, FAO, Rome).

Ghulam Arif (Pakistan), International Contract Labour Migration and the Reintegration of Return Migrants: The Experience of Pakistan, graduated 1997 (Head, Demography, Poverty and Labour Dynamics Division, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Islamabad).

John Bryant (New Zealand), The State, Demographic Change, and the Family in Northern Vietnam, 1945-1995, graduated 1997 (having worked at Khon Kaen and Mahidol Universities in Thailand, the University of Otago and the New Zealand Treasury, currently is Senior Research Statistician, Statistics New Zealand).

M. Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi (Iran), Fertility Patterns of Selected Australian Immigrant Groups, 1977-1991, graduated 1998 (currently Professor of Demography, University of Teheran).

Natalie Jackson (New Zealand), Ethic Stratification in New Zealand: A 'Total Social Production' Perspective, graduated 1998 (currently Professor of Demography and Director, Population Studies Centre, University of Waikato).

Hossein Mahmoudian (Iran), Migration and Change in Muslim Fertility in Australia, graduated 1998 (currently Associate Professor and Head, Department of Demography, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Teheran).

Joseph Pitso (Botswana), Marriage and Non-marital Childbearing in Botswana: The Case of Thamaga Village, graduated 1998 (currently member of faculty, Department of Population Studies, University of Botswana).

Qingfeng Zou (China/New Zealand), Mortality Experience from Injury and Violence in Australia, graduated 1998 (current whereabouts unknown).

Muhammad Hafeez (Pakistan), Gender and Other Differences in Health: Findings From Urban and Rural Sites in Lahore and Bahawalnagar, Pakistan, graduated 2001 (currently Professor and Director, Institute of Social and Cultural Studies, University of the Punjab, Lahore).

Ann Evans (Australia), Motherhood or Abortion: Pregnancy Resolution Decisions of Australian Teenagers, graduated 2002 (currently Fellow, Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute, ANU).

Michelle La Sen (Australia), Infant and Child Mortality Among Indigenous and In-migrant Populations of Southern Mindanao, The Philippines, graduated 2002 (currently Lecturer, School of Education, James Cook University).

Kasumi Nishigaya (Japan), Gender, Mobility and Premarital Sexuality: A Case Study of Women in the Garment Manufacturing Industry in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, graduated 2006 (currently Adjunct Research Fellow, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU).

Xiaoyun Sun (China), Community Health Financing in Rural China: The New Cooperative Medical Scheme and Its Impact on Health Care Provision and Financial Protection, graduated 2007 (currently Deputy Director, Division of Community Health and Maternal & Child Health, Health Department of Shandong Province, Jinan).

Vasoontara Yiengprugsawan (Thailand), Measuring and Decomposing Inequalities in Health Status and Use of Health Services in Thailand, graduated 2009 (currently Postdoctoral Fellow, NCEPH, ANU).

Arunrat Tangmunkongvorakul (Thailand), Sexual Health in Transition: Adolescent Lifestyles and Relationships in Contemporary Chiang Mai, Thailand, graduated 2009 (currently Researcher, Research Institute for Health Sciences, Chiang Mai University).

Lynelle Moon (Australia), The Impact of the Health Care System on Socioeconomic Inequalities in Coronary Heart Disease in Australia: A Population-level Study of 45-74 Year Olds, graduated 2011 (currently Head, Cardiovascular, Diabetes and Kidney Unit, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare).

Shampa Barua (Australia/Bangladesh), Determinants of Maternal and Newborn Health and Survival in Three Rural Areas of Bangladesh, graduated 2013 (currently employed by Australian Institute of Health and Welfare).

Dintle Molosiwa (Botswana), Trust and the Utilization of Maternal and Child Health Services in the Context of HIV/AIDS in Palapye, Botswana, Graduated 2014 (currently Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Cape Town, South Africa).

Bich Ha Dao (Vietnam), Impact of Rural-urban Migration on Gender and Power Relations in Mother-migrant/Father-caregiver Families in Southern Vietnam, Graduated 2018 (current employment unknown)


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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