Join in the conversation about Alice Springs – past, present and possible future.

Population issues are at the forefront for Northern Territory as we navigate through tumultuous times. At this event, the Demography and Growth Planning research team at CDU’s Northern Institute present their recent demographic and geographic research with A Focus on Alice.

The team are experts in analysis and modelling of data for understanding causes and consequences of population change. They developed research to inform the Northern Territory Population Growth Strategy and in 2019 ran the Territory’s largest ever population survey – The Territory and Me. They sit on three national advisory groups including ABS’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Demographic Statistics Expert Advisory Group and the national Treasury Department’s Population Expert Panel.

Dr Judith Lovell will MC the event and, after the formal program, will convene a discussion on the opportunities and challenges for Alice in the near and far term

Scroll down to see the full program below.


(This is a COVID safe event – hand sanitiser will be available and correct physical distancing encouraged)

WHEN: Monday 2 November, 4.00 – 6pm

VENUE: CDU Alice Springs Campus – Building 15 (MAP)

Limited complimentary drinks and nibbles will be served after the main presentation

1 Start 2 Complete
Program 4.00pm - 6.00pm

Dr David Karacsonyi

Introduction - Dr Judith Lovell and Associate Professor Andrew Taylor

Judy will open the seminar and introduce the team. Andrew will briefly outline the Team’s recent research activities.

Dr David Karacsonyi

Place - Dr David Karacsonyi

David’s presentation will discuss Alice Springs from the perspective of geography and the influence of the space on settlement and population. He will place Alice in the context of sparsely populated areas globally and discuss implications for Red Centre regional development.

Dr George Tan and Ms Fiona Shalley

People - Dr George Tan and Ms Fiona Shalley

George and Fiona will illuminate the population of Alice Springs using a range of data sources. They will provide a profile of the population using the themes of population structure, population trends, population diversity and population migration, including insights from the original The Territory and Me survey capturing drivers for Alice as a migration destination.

Dr Sigurd Dyrting

A COVID update on migration sentiments – Dr Sigurd Dyrting

Sigurd will share initial findings of a new survey - The Territory and Me, COVID Update focusing on responses from participants who live/d in Alice Springs. He explores how Alice Springs is perceived as a place to live, a future migration destination, or a transition to another location using a range of people characteristics collected in the survey.

Assoc. Prof. Andrew Taylor

Dare to Dream: Alice’s population futures when the past is gone - Associate Professor Andrew Taylor

Demographers have waived goodbye to the past and the future is highly uncertain to say the least. What might it all mean for the population of Alice? Will the things that drove change in the past do so in future? Andrew explores scenarios for Alice as we “Dare to Dream” about population futures.

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