The Queensland Centre for Population Research conducts pure and applied research in demography and population geography. 

Our goal is to establish ourselves as a nationally and internationally recognised leader in population-related research and teaching. 

We also aim to:

  • focus pure and applied research on Queensland population-related issues and wider, significant national and international issues 
  • develop and enhance how we train students in demographic methods and population-related issue analysis
  • promote and advance how academia, government and the community understand population dynamics (their origins, processes and implications)
  • provide a focus for population-related research at UQ and link across faculties and related areas.

Our research interests concentrate on: 

  • demographic analysis and forecasting
  • population ageing and composition
  • internal and international migration
  • urban regional spaces and flaws
  • economic change and globalisation.

We work collaboratively with the Queensland Government Statistician's Office on research projects in demographic forecasting.

Our teaching

UQ offers population geography as part of the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science. We offer:

  • undergraduate foundation courses (GEOG2205, GEOG2001, GEOG3205) 
  • individual research topics (GEOS3400) in population studies
  • honour programs with a year-long intensive research experience.

The School of the Environment offers postgraduate coursework foundation courses and individual research topics. Our higher degree by research programs offer students a unique opportunity to intensively develop knowledge and skills in population studies. 

Find out more about studying at the School of the Environment.

Our Director

Dr Elin Charles-Edwards is responsible for the day-to-day running of the centre.

Management committee

Our management committee is comprised of members from the UQ School of the Environment, and the Queensland Treasury's Office of Economic and Social Research