Dr James O'Donnell

PhD Demography (ANU); M. Social Research (Advanced), ANU; M. Economics, University of Sydney; B. Economics and Social Sciences, University of Sydney
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Demography 1603
  • Family And Household Studies 160301
  • Urban Sociology And Community Studies 160810

Research interests

James is a demographer whose current research is focused on understanding and measuring social cohesion within and across neighbourhoods. His broader research interests include:

  • housing and homelessness
  • labour market and household dynamics
  • social and demographic change.


James is currently working in the School of Demography on the ANU Social Cohesion project. This project involves researchers from disciplines across the University working to measure and analyse social cohesion within neighbourhoods and communities across Australia and develop and trial place-based interventions to improve cohesion.

James is the lead investigator on the Scanlon Foundation Research Institute's Mapping Social Cohesion study.

James was awarded a PhD in Demography in December 2019. This research was focused on measuring and understanding the patterns, prevalence and dynamics of different types of housing and homelessness.

Researcher's projects

  • Scanlon Foundation Research Institute's Mapping Social Cohesion study
  • ANU Social Cohesion grand Challenge
  • The Patterns and Dynamics of Homelessness


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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Updated:  15 July 2024 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers