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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.

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Research Output

Predictors of early initiation of breastfeeding in Indonesia: A population-based cross-sectional survey

Gayatri, M. & Dasvarma, G. L., 24 Sep 2020, In : PLoS One. 15, 9, 15 p., e0239446.

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    Measuring subjective wellbeing: Findings from Assam wellbeing survey 2013-14

    Saikia, U., Chalmers, J. & Dasvarma, G., 2018, Child and Adolescent Wellbeing and Violence Prevention in Schools. Slee, P. T., Skrzypiec, G. & Cefai, C. (eds.). London: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group Ltd, p. 34-43 10 p.

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