Professor of Population Economics at the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA) Jacques Poot has been selected to be a NZ-UK Link Foundation Visiting Professor to the UK for 2015. Professor Poot will be primarily working in London.
NIDEA is a research institute under the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Waikato University. It undertakes research at the interface of population and economics to help inform choices and responses to the demographic, social and economic interactions that are shaping New Zealand's future.
Professor Poot's research interests include all aspects of the economics of population (such as migration, fertility, labour force, and ageing) and especially the geographical dimension of these topics.
He currently co-leads a large research project on regional population change and socio-economic consequences. The project is called Nga Tangata Oho Mairangi and is carried out by researchers at NIDEA, Massey and Motu.
“There are only one or two of these Visiting Professorships a year with potential applications from all New Zealand universities, so I feel very fortunate and privileged to be offered one,” says Professor Poot.
NZ-UK Link Foundation visiting professorships
The NZ-UK Link Foundation visiting professorships were established in 2010, and the first one was awarded to Professor of Law and Public Policy Margaret Wilson, from Waikato University.
During his visiting professorship, Professor Poot will continue research and teaching, with a focus on a research project on recent trends in the NZ-UK population exchange and their economic implications.
He will also hold a number of public lectures for academics, public policy analysts and business and trade organisations in London and several other UK cities.