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The Australian National University

Professor James Raymer

PhD in Geography, University of Colorado, Boulder
School of Demography
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Demography 1603
  • Migration 160303
  • Human Geography 1604

Research interests

James Raymer's research interests include migration and dynamic population modelling. He has led projects on combining internal migration data, estimating consistent and complete matrices of international migration in Europe, and population forecasting in the United Kingdom. He is currently working on two Australian projects on developing improved population projections for the Indigenous population and studying the demographic consequences of migration to, from and within Australia. In 2017, he will lead a new project on overcoming the problems of inconsistent migration data in the Asia Pacific funded by the Australian Research Council. 


James Raymer is a Professor in the School of Demography at the Australian National University. From 2013 to 2016, he served as the Director of the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute before leading the creation of the new School of Demography in 2015 and becoming the Head of School. Prior to that, he worked in the Division of Social Statistics and the ESRC Research Centre for Population Change at the University of Southampton, England. He has published articles in demography, applied statistics, regional science and geography, and has co-authored three books entitled The Indirect Estimation of Migration, Demographic Aspects of Migration and International Migration in Europe.

He has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses on migration, population analyses and population projections. For the Master of Demography at ANU, he currently teaches DEMO8047 International Migration, DEMO8063 Spatial Population Data Analysis and DEMO8092 Demographic Modelling.

He obtained his PhD in Geography from the University of Colorado, Boulder, United States. 

Current student projects

Qing Guan - Evolution of the Chinese-born population in Australia by period and cohort

Marie McAuliffe - Self-agency and asylum: Who, how and why people undertake long and dangerous migration journeys

James O'Donnell - A demographic framework for understanding the dynamics of homelessness 

Reiko Okumura-Rougeux - Demographic change and school-to-work transitions of young people in Indonesia


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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