Academic staff

Professor Jonathan Corcoran

Jonathan’s research interests lie in the fields of Population Geography, Spatial Science and Regional Science. Through a quantitative spatial lens he contributes to methodological and theoretic understandings across topics including human mobility and migration, human capital, and social problems. He is the co-editor of Australian Population Studies and Secretary of the Applied Geography Commission, a commission of the International Geographical Union.

Associate Professor Yan Liu

Yan’s research focuses on GIS, spatial analysis and modelling. She develops and applies cellular automata and agent based models to describe, understand, simulate and predict urban and human change dynamics and processes. She also develops spatially integrated analytical and modelling approaches for applications in social geographic research including spatial accessibility modelling, spatial inequality in health and wellbeing, neighbour relations, spatial travel behaviours, participatory GIS, and spatial science education. She is the co-editor of the Journal of Spatial Science and the Editorial Board member of Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science.
Dr Elin Charles-EdwardsElin is a population geographer with research interests in mobility, migration, and small area population change. She is the co-editor of Australian Population Studies and a member of the editorial board of Population, Space and Place. She is a member of the SEQ Housing Supply Expert Panel, providing demographic expertise.
Dr Karen McNamaraKaren is a human geographer that is ultimately concerned with livelihoods and how people make and sustain a living in diverse places throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Resilience and sustainable livelihoods is the pivot by which she explores a host of issues, most notably climate change impacts and adaptation, disaster risk, development issues and the relocation of people from their homelands. Karen serves on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Disaster Risk Science and Urban Island Studies, and is a Steering Committee member for the global Population-Environment Research Network.

Dr Thomas Sigler

Thomas is an urban and economic geographer with an interest in the impacts of globalisation in contemporary cities. He applies a mixed-methods approach to a number of interrelated projects focussing on global firm geographies, economic networks, digital economies, and housing & residential mobility. He is on the editorial boards of Urban Geography and Geographical research.

Dr Aude Bernard

Aude’s research focuses on understanding migration processes and their consequences for individuals, regions and nations from a demographic perspective. Most of her work is comparative and has a strong methodological focus to allow robust comparisons over time and between countries, including Australia. She is the co-editor of the Journal of Population Research.

Jim Cooper

Jim has a research focus on the development and refinement of models for population analysis and forecasting, particularly at small area level. These are used for population, household and family projections as well as forecasts such as the demand for services and facilities for Early Childhood and Community Care and the impact of proposed new schools on the level of enrolments, by grade and year, in all affected schools.
Emeritus Professor Martin Bell
A quantitative demographer whose primary interests lie in robust measurement of internal migration and temporary population mobility in a cross-national context.
Dr Scott LieskeScott’s research interests are in using spatial tools, data and technology for built environment and natural resources policy development and decision making. Research topics include city analytics; analysis of crowdsourced human movement data, hedonic modelling in support of urban infrastructure development, the relationship between urban morphology, infrastructure and services.
Dr Pia WohlandPia is a health geographer with expertise in: health inequalities – across geographical areas, time, and population subgroups; population projections for local areas and population subgroups; population aging. Pia has worked on a wide range of projects including research in ethnic mortality in the UK and health differences for local areas in the UK and across European countries and has done extensive work projecting the population of UK ethnic groups. She is also a data scientist who is skilled in developing value added data products.
Dr Anthony KimptonAnthony Kimpton
Anthony enjoys developing analytical, spatial, and visualisation tools that capitalise on big and open data for exploring community social processes, and transport and land use planning. His overarching research aim is to support evidence-based policy that ensures smart and equitable cities, and socially sustainable, inclusive, and cohesive communities.
Dr Iraphne Childs
Dr Julia Loginova
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Julia’s work is concerned with building a greater sensitivity to ‘peripheral’ (physically, economically and politically isolated or excluded) regions and populations that she approaches through research grounded in Economic Geography, Political Ecology, and Development Planning. Using qualitative and quantitative data and methods, she researches globalisation of the resources industry, adaptation pathways (transitions and transformations) to environmental and climate change, and Indigenous population dynamics.
Dr Radoslaw PanczakRadoslaw is a geographer turned epidemiologist who embarked on a career in data science. Among his projects, he developed a neighbourhood index of socioeconomic position, contributed to work on tracking activity of eosinophilic esophagitis and worked on the epidemiology of violent deaths. Currently, Radoslaw is involved in a project estimating temporary populations in Australia which aims to bridge together traditional types of population data such as censuses and surveys with non-traditional sources.
Dr Sisi Wang
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