APA Statement about Prof KS James’ suspension as Director of IIPS


The Australian Population Association (APA) strongly condemns the suspension of Professor KS James, Director and Senior Professor of the International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS) by the Government of India.

Professor James is well known and respected in our field. His intellectual contributions, leadership and integrity are recognised internationally. His leadership of IIPS has contributed to its global reputation in conducting and analysing the world's largest population surveys, which provide robust statistical data for national development and planning. IIPS' reputation, academic rigour and integrity is well acknowledged by demographers worldwide including the UN agencies. Professor James' academic credentials and leadership in advancing the profile and reputation of IIPS in India and outside are exemplary. He is known to many APA members, who attest to his unwavering integrity.

In Australia and India alike, the integrity of reliable and objectively produced data are critical to build evidence as well as to inform program- and policy-decisions. It is important that organisations such as IIPS are able to operate independently, providing transparent, robust and trusted data.

The APA condemns Professor James’ suspension because it will adversely impact the IIPS, the Indian academic environment in general, and the development of evidence-based policies that meet people’s needs.


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The Australian Population Association (APA) was formed in 1980 and is Australia’s leading professional association for demographers.

The main aims of the Association are:

  • To encourage the exchange of information between individuals and organisations in population and related fields
  • To provide a forum for the discussion of population issues
  • To promote population research and education particularly in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region

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APA Council 2023-2024

The business of the Australian Population Association is coordinated by the APA Council. Members of the Council hold office for two years, with elections held during an Annual General Meeting that is traditionally held as part of the biennial conference.

The current APA Council for the 2023-2024 term:

PresidentDr Kim Johnstone, MBANSW Government
Vice Presidents

Associate Professor Udoy Saikia

Dr Kate Golebiowska

Flinders University, SA

Charles Darwin University, NT

SecretaryDr Melinda M. DoddFlinders University, SA
TreasurerMr Mitchell ValentineVictorian Government
Journal EditorAssociate Professor Santosh JatranaDeakin University / James Cook University
Council Members

Mrs Denise Carlton

Dr Mike Roettger

Mrs Sandi van Roo

Dr Salut Muhidin

Ms Rosabella Borsellino

Australian Bureau of Statistics, ACT

Australian National University (also Public Officer), ACT

Queensland Treasury

Macquarie University, NSW

University of Queensland

Demoz EditorTBC 









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