CASH PRIZES for the best student papers on a population-related topic!
W.D. Borrie Prizes
Entries close 31st January 2013
Borrie Rules & Entry form.pdf
The Undergraduate prize is $500 and a certificate.
The Honours/Masters/GradDip prize is $600 and a certificate.
The PhD prize is $700 and a certificate.
Send entries and requests for more information to:
Or see a demographer in your department!
Dr Kim Johnstone
APA Borrie Prize Coordinator
LPO Box 8222
The Australian National University
Acton 2601 ACT
The titles of recent winning papers reflect the diversity and multidisciplinary character of population studies in Australia and internationally:
2010--PhD--Kim Johnstone, The Australian National University, for ‘Towards a conceptual framework of Indigenous fertility in Australia’.
Judges Nick Parr and Fei Guo, Macquarie University: 'This essay makes an ambitious attempt to formulate a conceptual framework for explaining contemporary indigenous fertility. It is very well written and based on an extremely detailed and wide-ranging review of the literature on this important topic.'
2010--Masters/Honours/GradDip--Brian Opeskin, The Australian National University, for ‘Managing international migration in liberal democracies’.
Judges Andrew Taylor and Dean Carson, Charles Darwin University: ‘This was a most interesting paper to read, demonstrating a high level of academic thinking and process.’
2010--Undergraduate--Chris Smithies, Flinders University, for ‘Challenges facing natural resource management in Lao PDR’.
Judges Liz Allen and Ariane Utomo, The Australian National University: 'The paper provides a thorough and considered evaluation of how urbanisation, in combination with economic and socio-political factors, impacts on Lao’s natural resources. Supported by appropriate literature, research and data the paper provides a well written and logical argument, demonstrating a good degree of scholarship. The paper provides an interesting investigation into the relationship between population, the economy, and natural resource management, and the resulting environmental outcomes.’
2009--Postgraduate--Kim Johnstone, The Australian National University, for ‘Indigenous fertility in the Northern Territory—What do we know? (and what can we know?).
Judges Fei Guo and Nick Parr, Macquarie University: ‘The winning paper is an impressively thorough, well-researched and cautious analysis of Indigenous fertility in the Northern Territory. It applies appropriate techniques and materials in examining a challenging demographic issue.’
2009--Undergraduate-- Judith Lewis-Fisher, Flinders University for ‘Designing relevant and achievable population policy for South Australia'.
Judges Genevieve Heard and Dharma Arunachalam, Monash University: ‘The author has chosen an interesting topic of contemporary relevance. The writing is clear and persuasive in its criticism of the South Australian Government’s focus on economic aims and concurrent neglect of environmental implications. The scope of the paper is appropriate to its length, resulting in a well-focussed piece.
The discussion of the state’s population policy is well grounded both in policy processes and in population trends. The author has canvassed a good range of references, both South Australian and national, and has used secondary data judiciously. He/she demonstrates a thorough knowledge of relevant State and Federal policies.
The policy evaluation is critical yet pragmatic, demonstrating independence, originality and intellectual maturity.’
2008--Postgraduate—Liz Allen, The Australian National University for ‘Ageing out? Socio-demographic determinants of retirement in Australia’.
2008--Undergraduate-- Erin Leggat, Flinders University for ‘Housing for the poor: the Bangkok experience’.
2007 ‘How has fertility in China changed since the Second World War?’ and ‘Malaria in the Pacific: are Pacific populations biting back? ‘
2006 ‘Is Australia's low birth rate a matter for concern?’ and ‘Does child gender influence paternal participation in childcare?’
See back issues of Demoz for more detailed Borrie Prize reports.