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Find out about the people involved in the Tai Timu Tangata project.

Natalie Jackson Dr Natalie Jackson

BSocSc, MSocSc(Hons), PhD ANU

Natalie Jackson is the project’s lead investigator. She is an Adjunct Professor (Demography) in the School of People, Planning and Environment in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University. Recent past academic positions were Foundation Director and Professor of Demography at the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA), University of Waikato (2010-2014), and Associate Professor in the School of Sociology and Social Work at University of Tasmania 1999-2010 Today she is also Director of Natalie Jackson Demographics Ltd.

Natalie’s primary expertise is on the subnational ending of population growth, the underlying demographic drivers of these trends, and their consequences for all levels of government, labour market, welfare state, education and health care policy, and business in general. Natalie’s related research fields are industrial and labour market demography, the demography of subpopulations such as ethnic groups, and the demography of inequality.

In 2014-15 Natalie jointly supervised (with Dr Bill Cochrane) a Masters student (Rachael McMillan), whose research investigated a range of OECD country interventions to the ending of population growth. In 2014-15 she also jointly supervised (with Dr Lars Brabyn and Dr Matt Roskruge, NIDEA) another Masters student, Francisca Simone, whose research investigated the role of natural amenity in age-related population change.

Lars Brabyn Lars Brabyn

BA(Hons) BSc(Hons) PhD Cant

Lars is a Senior Lecturer in Geography at the University of Waikato, specialising in the use of Geographical Information Systems for spatial analysis, cartography, and data visualisation. Lars manages a range of projects that have supported students and produced original research. These projects include assessing population access to services, such as medical services and recreation sites, and developing automated approaches to visualising population census data.

In 2014-14 for the Tai Timu Tangata project Lars jointly supervised (with Professor Natalie Jackson and Dr Matt Roskruge) a Masters student, Francisca Simone, on the topic of the role of natural amenity in age-related population change.

Lars’ current research includes the modelling of population change in NZ and the related assessment and development of internet map servers. On a similar topic but for a separate programme (CaDDANZ), Lars and Natalie jointly supervise another Masters student, Tristan McHardie; this work will further assist in informing data visualization for Tai Timu Tangata.

Michael Cameron Associate Professor Michael Cameron 

BMS(Hons), PhD Waik 

Michael Cameron is a population economist and Associate Professor in the Waikato Management School, University of Waikato. His many studies of regional labour markets and population change include innovative modelling components.

Michael is jointly supervising (with Dr Dave Maré) a Masters student examining the question of whether jobs follow people, or people follow jobs. He also has primary responsibility for the project’s stochastic modelling elements, which are central to answering the question of the demographic and mobility conditions under which depopulation could be arrested or reversed.

Bill Cochrane Dr William Cochrane 

BSocSc, MSocSc, PhD Waik 

William (Bill) Cochrane is a regional labour market economist. He supports the Tai Timu Tangata team on the technicalities and substantive aspects of undertaking and interpreting regional population change and labour market analysis. Bill has completed several related studies for the Department of Labour and other key agencies.

In 2014-2015 Bill jointly (with Professor Natalie Jackson) supervised Rachael McMillan, whose Masters research investigated a range of OECD country interventions to the ending of population growth.

David Mare Dr. Dave Maré

BA, BCom, MCom Auck, PhD Harvard

Dave is an applied economist whose interests include urban and labour economics issues. He is a Senior Fellow at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research. His current research interests include the economics of immigration, the economic performance of cities, and patterns of labour market adjustment - for individuals, areas, and in aggregate.

For Tai Timu Tangata, Dave is jointly supervising (with Associate Professor Myk Cameron) a Masters student examining the question of whether jobs follow people, or people follow jobs.

On a separate project Dave is also jointly supervising (with Professor Jacques Poot, NIDEA) a PhD student Omoniyi Alimi on the topic of “Income Inequality in and between New Zealand Urban Areas”. This work will include examination of the links between income distribution and demographic factors such as local age structure and migration flows, and feed into the Tai Timu Tangata project.

Ian Pool Emeritus Professor Ian Pool


Ian Pool is Emeritus Professor of Demography and a Research Associate of the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA), University of Waikato. His main role on the Tai Timu Tangata project is to support the programme in the area of theory-building.

Since 1960 Ian has taught and worked in a large number of countries; among them Africa, Asia, Australia, Burkina Faso, Canada, England, France, Ghana, New Zealand, Niger and the United States. In 1982 he established the Population Studies Centre (PSC) at the University of Waikato, the forerunner of NIDEA. Among many esteemed roles Ian is today also Associe de Recherche, CEPED, University of Paris; Honorary Professor, Jinjiang College, Sichuan University; Co Editor-in-Chief, book series, Demographic Transformation and Socio-Economic Development (with Professor Yves Charbit, Universite Paris Descartes). In 1994 he was elected FRSNZ, served on the Academy Council 1995-2001 and represented the Society on a Working Group of the International Scientific Union, Paris. In 2005-06 he was a James Cook Fellow of the Royal Society of NZ; in 2009 he was awarded the Sir Peter Buck (Te Rangihiroa, FRSNZ) Medal by the RSNZ; in 2012 a Festschrift was published in his honour; and in 2013, he was appointed and invested as CNZM. 

Ian has published 150+ books monographs and scientific papers, and given numerous academic presentations, internationally and in New Zealand. Most recently he has published Colonization and Development in New Zealand between 1769 and 1900: The Seeds of Rangiatea, Springer.