Dr Liz Allen is a demographer at the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods.

Liz is a highly experienced demographer with an expertise spanning demography (specifically fertility, migration, and population change), social trends, and population health. She has considerable experience working in the public and academic sectors, and was selected in 2018 as one of ABC’s inaugural Top 5 Researchers in Humanities and Social Sciences for its media residency program.

‘The Future of Us: Demography Gets a Makeover’, Liz’s first book, was published in 2020. Liz’s doctoral research explored the individual, family and neighbourhood contributions to child excess weight and screen time among two Australian cohorts.

Liz frequently provides expert commentary to media outlets including ABC, SBS, The New York Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian and The Canberra Times.

Fields of expertise



Democracy Sausage: Population panic

Last week we saw an attempt at rushing through immigration legislation, but creating a sense of panic around…


Democracy Sausage: Saying the quiet part out loud

How damaging is internal criticism within the Labor Party around the leadership’s positions on issues like AUKUS and…


Borders are open, but visitors won’t flock back

Australia is welcoming fully vaccinated visa holders from 21 February, but experts from The Australian National University (ANU)…

21 February 2022


Coronavirus crisis ‘likely to reduce birth rate’

Australians will be less likely to have babies amid the COVID-19 uncertainty, according to a leading demographer from The Australian National University…

26 March 2020

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