Population Studies


“Demographic trends and factors and sustainable development have a synergistic relationship.”

Article 5.2, Agenda 21, United Nations Earth Summit, 1992.


Under the direction of Professor Natalie Jackson, the University of Waikato’s influential Population Studies Centre has broadened its compass with the establishment and leadership of the new National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA).

NIDEA is a collaborative venture which brings together, in a virtual sense, scholars from the former Population Studies Centre, Waikato Management School, and Wellington-based Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust.

NIDEA draws on research skills in demography, sociology, gerontology, population and labour economics, spatial and economic geography, housing, and environmental regulation to undertake research on issues linking population and the economy. NIDEA enjoys strong connections with government and other agencies and undertakes research for a wide range of end-users.

Within NIDEA’s directorate, Professor Jackson undertakes research on population ageing and its many implications, Senior Research Fellow Dr Tahu Kukutai studies issues affecting Māori and indigenous futures, and Post Doctoral Fellow Dr Yaqub Foroutan studies socio-demographic differentials, with a focus on women’s labour force participation.

Other former Population Studies Centre scholars working under the NIDEA banner are Professor Jacques Poot, who studies the integration of immigrants into the labour market and the effect of immigration on the growth and productivity of the economy; Professor Richard Bedford, whose field of interest is immigration policy and New Zealand’s relations with the Pacific Islands; and Honorary Professor Peggy Koopman-Boyden who specialises in research on the elderly in ageing populations. Emeritus Professor Ian Pool maintains an advisory brief on all aspects of demographic analysis.

External funding gratefully acknowledged: Centre for Research Evaluation and Social Assessment, Department of Labour, Foundation for Research Science and Technology, Hamilton City Council, Marsden Fund, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust, Tertiary Education Commission, Waikato Regional Council, and others.

National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

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