Top honour for ANU demographer

27 June 2018

Dr Liz Allen, Demographer and Postdoctoral Fellow at the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences, has been chosen as one of Australia's "Top 5" humanities researchers by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

It is the result of a nation-wide quest by the ABC to find the next generation of talented researchers and show how their work contributes to our nation.

Dr Allen was chosen from more than 280 applicants from universities across Australia. She will now participate in a two-week "Researcher in Residency" program at Radio National, where she will work with ABC journalists to create content highlighting her work as a demographer.

"With this residency, I want to engage the public in a desperately-needed debate in Australia to counter some of the misinformation and fear," Dr Allen said.

"Issues like the marriage debate and immigration in Australia have so much fear in them because we aren't relying on the evidence and actual data that's out there," She said.

"I want to give people the skills that can allow them to interrogate the facts and opinions so we can actually tell a truer story about ourselves."

"I want to tell a story about us as Australians; where we've come from, what we are like and what our future holds. What do we really need our society to be like to maintain our current sense of well-being?"

Dr Allen will start her ABC residency in September.