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04 November 2015

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Peter McDonald is Professor of Demography in Crawford School. He is President of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population for the years, 2010-2013 and is a Member of the Council of Advisers of Population Europe. He currently teaches the course Introduction to Planning and Policy (POGO8049).

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Three Crawford School academics have been successful in the recent Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Projects and DECRA funding rounds announced last week.

The ARC’s Discovery funding schemes aim to support fundamental research and enhance the scale and focus of research in priority areas.

Professor of Demography, Peter McDonald won a Discovery Award of $427,700. His project aims to identify the needs of older people in rural Indonesia for income, housing, health, daily care and social interaction and the extent to which their needs are met. It is expected that findings from the study will be published in a series of policy papers to be presented in the Indonesian National Development Planning Board. Crawford’s Dr Robert Sparrow and Dr Iwu Utomo from CASS will also be working with Professor McDonald on this project.

Director of the International and Development Economics program, Professor David Stern won a Discovery Award of $273,000. His project aims to help quantify the net energy saved globally from energy efficiency policies and programs. Project results may help in the design of cost-effective energy and climate policies.

Crawford fellow Dr Paul Burke won an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award of $370,000. His project involves quantifying the effects of Indonesia’s energy subsidy reforms on important environmental, transport, and other outcomes. The research will work towards a blueprint for future tax and subsidy reforms in the energy sectors of Indonesia and elsewhere.

All projects will commence in 2016.

Professor McDonald, Professor Stern and Dr Burke’s projects were among a total of 83 awarded to ANU.

ANU received more than $44 million of ARC funding, more than any other university.

By Kelly Hayward

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