Issue 7
Monday, 03 September 2018
Charles Darwin University
Dr Tom Wilson is off to the United Nations in New York
Dr Tom Wilson is off to the United Nations in New York

Population expert to brief United Nations

By Danielle Lee-Ryder

One of the Territory’s own was given the distinction of presenting new population research to the United Nations this month. 

Charles Darwin University Principal Research Fellow Dr Tom Wilson will address the Population Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs at its New York headquarters.

Dr Wilson said the United Nations was keen to hear his findings about whether users wanted to know about uncertainty in subnational population forecasts. It has been a high priority of the division tasked with estimating and projecting levels and trends of populations for every country.

Subnational population projections give an indication of the possible size and structure of a future population based on the continuation of demographic trends. It is a series of population estimates for countries from the level of states, regions and provinces.

“By their very nature, population forecasts cannot be precise. There are many unpredictable factors at play, so it is better to present a range of possible futures,” Dr Wilson said.

“This information is used by government and business sectors for reasons such as workforce planning, service delivery and infrastructure requirements.

“They often inform multimillion dollar decisions about whether to build a new school or aged care facility, to finding new land for a cemetery or a housing development.”