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 focuses on developing innovative methodologies and analytical frameworks to study demographic processes. He is especially interested in migration estimation in instances where data are inadequate or missing. He has engaged in many interdisciplinary and international research collaborations on topics ranging from statistical estimation of migration flows to population forecasting. His migration research has focused on both internal migration (in Australia, England and Wales, Italy, USA) and international migration flows (among countries in Europe and the Asia Pacific). 

He is currently leading two ARC Discovery Projects: 'The demographic consequences of migration to, from and within Australia' (DP15) and 'Overcoming the problems of inconsistent migration data in the Asia Pacific' (DP17). He is also a Co-investigator on a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) project on 'Accountable fertility treatment: An evidence-based framework for the provision of cost-effective, patient-centred fertility treatment in Australia' led by Dr Georgina Chambers at the University of New South Wales. 


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

In 2013, he joined the Australian National University (ANU) from the University of Southampton as a Vice Chancellor’s Strategic Appointment in Demography, and soon assumed leadership of the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute. As Director, he was key to the Institute’s successful transition into a School of Demography. He completed his term as Head of the School of Demography at the end of 2016.

He has published over 80 works, including three books, 49 peer-reviewed journal articles, 13 book chapters and 17 research reports and other publications. Many of his journal articles have been published in the top journals of demography, regional science, geography and statistics.

He has received funding for eight major competitive grants with two involving international partners and six involving interdisciplinary teams. The grants have come from the Economic and Social Research Council (UK), New Opportunities for Research Funding Cooperation Agency in Europe, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (UK), Australian Research Council and the National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia). 

He has received consultancy funds from the European Commission / Eurostat for ‘modelling statistical data on migration and migrant populations;’ Office for National Statistics for ‘improving estimates of migration flows for Eurostat’ and a ‘conceptual framework for UK population and migration statistics;’ the National Records for Scotland for reviewing ‘methods for estimating populations with administrative data;’ and the Australian Capital Territory's Education Directorate for several projects related to school enrolment projections and planning.

He teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses on migration, population analyses and population projections. 


Current student projects

Tim Carton – Indigenous identification and measuring Indigenous outcomes

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

Ayumi Malamassam - Internal migration in Indonesia: Spatial patterns of human capital flows and effects on regional development 

James O'Donnell - The patterns and dynamics of homelessness 

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


Projects and Grants

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