The demography of desert Australia

Brown, Dominic, Taylor, John and Bell, Martin (2008) The demography of desert Australia. The Rangeland Journal, 30 1: 29-43. doi:10.1071/RJ07043

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Author Brown, Dominic
Taylor, John
Bell, Martin
Title The demography of desert Australia
Journal name The Rangeland Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1036-9872
Publication date 2008-04-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/RJ07043
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 30
Issue 1
Start page 29
End page 43
Total pages 15
Editor W. Whalley
Place of publication Cottesloe, WA, Australia
Publisher CSIRO
Language eng
Subject C1
160399 Demography not elsewhere classified
970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
Abstract In recent years, with the formation of organisations such as the Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre, social science interest in the Australian desert has re-surfaced with a research emphasis that is focused on creating sustainable futures for the region. One consequence of this is a demand for detailed demographic information to allow an assessment of different quanta of need in social and economic policy, and for assessment of the impact of these in environmental policy. However, demographic analysis on human populations in the desert to date has attracted very little research attention. In this paper we begin to address this lack of analysis by focusing on the populations, both aboriginal and non-aboriginal, of the arid and semi-arid zones of Australia. We extend earlier analysis by including for the first time demographic information on the semi-arid as well as the arid zone to establish the spatial pattern of population growth within the whole desert area drawing attention to the resulting settlement structure as an outcome of prevailing social, cultural and economic conditions. By examining population structure and demographic components of population change we also present for the first time population projections for the semi-arid zone and, therefore, in combination with the arid zone, for the entire Australian desert. All of this provides a basis for considering social and economic policy implications and the nature of underlying processes that drive change in this region.
Keyword arid
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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