Professor John Taylor

BA (Hons), University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne PhD (Geography), University of Liverpool
Emeritus Professor
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Policy 160501
  • Public Policy 160510
  • Population Trends And Policies 160305
  • Studies Of Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Society 169902
  • Urban And Regional Studies (Excl. Planning) 160404
  • Migration 160303
  • Demography 1603
  • Human Geography 1604
  • Social And Cultural Geography 160403
  • Sociology 1608

Research interests

In Australia, John's research interests have revolved around the measurement of demographic change among Indigenous peoples and assessment of their economic status at varying scales of analysis from the local to the regional and national. Increasingly, this also incorporates international comparison with North America and New Zealand, particularly in terms of demographic analysis. A basic tenet of his research is the need to establish key parameters of population change as the basis for evaluating policy impacts in areas such as employment, housing, education and health. He has published widely on these issues and is the author of numerous consultancy reports for government, industry and Indigenous organisations.


John Taylor is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and a Policy Associate of the Aboriginal Policy Research Consortium (International) based at the University of Western Ontario. He is a population geographer specialising in the demography of indigenous peoples and co-editor (with Tahu Kukutai) of Indigenous Data Sovereignty: Toward an Agenda, ANU Press 2016


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