Dr Tom Wilson

Ph.D (Geography), M.A. (Human Geography), B.A. (Hons 1)

Honorary Fellow

Tom is an applied demographer specialising in population and household projections, migration analysis, the indirect estimation of demographic data, Indigenous demography, very elderly demographic trends, migration analysis and subnational demographic change.

Research Interests

  • Population projections, particularly subnational and probabilistic methods
  • State, regional and local demographic change
  • Household change
  • Migration estimation and analysis
  • Very elderly population trends
  • Indigenous demography

Current Research Projects

  • Creating seasonal de facto population estimates. LEBA faculty Supporting Stronger Research and Collaboration grant. $41,000. Collaborators: Andrew Taylor, Kerstin Zander.
  • Improving Subnational Population Forecasts. ARC Discovery Project. $293,980. Collaborators: Francisco Rowe (UQ), Ludi Simpson (University of Manchester).
  • The Demographic Consequences of Migration to, from and within Australia. ARC Discovery Project. $240,158. Collaborators: James Raymer (ANU).
  • Improved Indigenous Population Projections for Policy and Planning. ARC Linkage Project. $244,744. Collaborators: Nicholas Biddle (ANU), Andrew Taylor (CDU), James Raymer (ANU), Prem Thapa (FaHCSIA).

Consultancy Work

  • 2015 - ongoingAdvice to Northern Territory Treasury on building a new population projection model.
  • 2014 Advice on population and household projections to Geografia.
  • 2014 Population and labour force projection scenarios, 2011-41, Shoalhaven City Council
  • 2013 Life table projections for Victoria, 2011-61, Victorian Department of Planning and Community Development.
  • 2013 Household and dwelling projections, NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure’s South Coast and Central Coast offices.
  • 2012 Educational enrolment projection scenarios, NSW Department of Education & Communities
  • 2012 Population and household projections, Lismore City Council.
  • 2011 Living arrangement, household and dwelling projections 2006-36 for LGAs outside Sydney statistical division, NSW Department of Planning
  • 2011 Peer review of technical report, NSW Department of Education & Communities
  • 2010 Living arrangement, household and dwelling projections 2006-36 for LGAs within Sydney statistical division, NSW Department of Planning

Professional Positions, Memberships & Awards

  • 2016 Member of the ABS Population and Social Statistics Advisory Group
  • 2014 PhD examiner for Macquarie University2013PhD examiner for Macquarie University
  • 2011 Member of the Scientific Review Board of Demographic Research
  • 2011 Guest editor (with M. Bell) of the Journal of Population Research special issue on small area population projections
  • 2010 - 2014 Co-editor of the Australian Population Association newsletter, Demoz
  • 2008 Co-chair of the Australian Population Association 2008 Conference Organising Committee
  • 2005 - 2007 Associate Editor of the Journal of Population Research2001Internal PhD examiner, Southampton University
  • 2010 Member, International Institute of Forecasters
  • 2001 Member, Australian Population Association
  • 2010 UniQuest Trailblazer 2010 finalist for the POPART projection model
  • 2008 Professional Excellence award 2008, Metropolitan Planning division, New South Wales Department of Planning

Link to Research Publications

Dr Tom Wilson


T: +61 0423 342 745
E: Tom.Wilson@cdu.edu.au