Peter McDonald is Professor of Demography in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne. He is also a Chief Investigator of the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research.
From 1995 to 2016, he was Professor of Demography at the Australian National University. Prior to this, he had been Deputy Director(Research) of the Australian Institute of Family Studies for 11 years. He was a Member of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Skilled Migration for 2012 to 2014 and, in 2014, a Member of the Independent Review of Integrity of the Subclass 457 Programme. In 2017, he was a member of the Independent Assurance Panel for the 2016 Census of Australia. In December 2018, at the invitation of the Prime Minister, he made a presentation on Australian population policy to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). In 2015, Peter McDonald was awarded the Irene B. Taeuber Award by the Population Association of America which is given in recognition of an unusually original or important contribution to the scientific study of population or an accumulated record of exceptionally sound and innovative research. He is only the fourth non-American to receive this award. He was President of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) for the years, 2010-13. McDonald was awarded an Order of Australia in 2008. In 2018, he was the coordinating author of the United Nations State of World Population Report 2018. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.He is frequently consulted on the issue of population futures (causes, consequences and policies) by governments around the world, especially in Australia, Europe and East Asia. His theoretical and policy-oriented research on low fertility (the gender equity theory of fertility) is widely cited and has informed government policy-making in several countries.
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Melbourne School Of Population And Global Health
PhD in Demography
Australian National University
Bachelor of Commerce
University of New South Wales