Associate Professor Gour Dasvarma

1973 …2022

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Research Biography

I was Director of the Applied Population Studies program, 1992-2013. My current teaching includes convening and teaching in one postgraduate subject (Women's Health and Child Survival) and teaching in three other postgraduate subjects (Population and Enviornment, Population Studies and Sustainable Development). As of February 2018, I have supervised 16 completed PhD theses (nine as Principal Supervisor), 65 completed Masters and seven completed Diploma theses. I am currently supervising eight PhD theses (one as Principal Supervisor and seven as Associate Supervisor). I initiated and completed a major restructuring of the population studies program in 1996, 2003 and 2009, and coordinated external reviews of the program in 1999, 2004 and 2009. During 2006 - 2010, I negotiated and completed a major contract between Flinders University and the Indonesian National Population and Family Planning Board for postgraduate training in population studies with funding from the Asian Development Bank. During 2003-2005, I coordinated the Master of Environmental Management program. I have provided consultancies to the Government of South Australia, the United Nations Population Fund (in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia and Myanmar) and the then Australian Agency for International Development (in Indonesia)

Research Interests

Women's health (including reproductive health); child mortality; fertility and family planning; HIV/AIDS research; human resource development,  population ageing, migration, population  policies, population and environment, population and development; and inter-relations of population-health with development, environment, governance.

Supervised Students Successes

  • Sep 2012 Merve Hosgelen - Australian Population Association Conference Travel Award - September 2012
  • Oct 2011 Merve Hosgelen - UNDP internship - Timor Leste - October 2011
  • Feb 2011 Merve Hosgelen - JC Caldwell Research Grant - February 2011

Completed Supervisions

Principal Supervisions:
  • Determinants of Infant and Child Mortality in West (1)
  • Envirnmental behaviour in Indonesia with special reference to South Sumatra province (1)
  • Factors affecting reproductive tract infections in southern India (1)
  • Governance and health service provision in Bangladesh (1)
  • Health care seeking behaviour of women with maternal morbidity in Bangladesh (1)
  • Inequalities in maternal mortality in West Java, Indonesia (1)
  • The Demographic Behaviour of an Indigenous Population in Urban Papua New Guinea: the Motu Koitabu of Hanuabada (1)
  • The Differentials in Child Nutritional Outcome in Rural (1)
  • The Implementation of Regional Autonomy and the Challenge of a Rapid Poverty Reduction in Indonesia (1)
  • The Paradox of High Fertility in a Matrilineal tribe in North-Eastern India. (1)
Associate Supervisions:
  • Addressing childhood malnutrition in Iran: moving (1)
  • Coping with psychological distress among Vietnamese (1)
  • Decolonising Thinking about HIV/AIDS in West Papua: Colonialism, Sexuality, and HIV Prevention among Kamoro People (1)
  • Female Labour Force Participation and Its Impact on Economic Development in Papua Indonesia (1)
  • Foreign Direct Investment in Timor-Leste (1)
  • Integrated River Basin Management for the Ganges: Lessons from the Murray- Darling -Uni Adelaide (1)
  • Mobilising new partnership networks to increase capacity for climate change related planning and migration in the South Pacific (1)
  • Population growth, poverty and environmental sustainability in Timor-Leste (1)
  • Psycho-social wellbeing of Vietnamese adolescents with visual and physical disabilities (1)
  • Public Participation in Tourism Planning: The Case of the Langkawi Islands, Malaysia (1)
  • Risk and protective factors affecting youth reproductive health in Indonesia (1)
  • Sexual, cultural and gender relations, and HIV/AIDS among indigenous heterosexual married people of Tanah papua, Indonesia (1)
  • Socio-cultural and Health Care Contexts of Perinatal Survival in Rural Mountain Villages of Nepal (1)
  • The analysis of the gap between married women's desired and actual fertility in Tehran, Iran (1)
  • The Contribution of Small Scale Pig Farming to Sustainable Development in the Lao PDR (1)
  • The onset of fertility decline in urban Nepal : a study of Kathmandu city - Uni Adelaide (1)
  • The relationship between the socioeconomic factors and child malnutrition at district and family level in South East Sulawesi (1)
  • The role of indigenous solid waste management practices (ISWMP) in management of solid waste in urban centres in PNG (1)


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Research Areas

  • Women's and gender studies

Supervisory Interests

  • Maternal mortality
  • Maternal health, inequality
  • Fertility and family planning
  • Population policies in Australia, South Asia, South-East Asia


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