Professor Udoy Saikia

Professor, Human Geography

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Social Science South (220)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Professor Udoy Saikia is a Social Demographer with postgraduate degrees from London School of Economics,UK, International Institute for Population Sciences, India and PhD from Flinders University, Australia. He has a long interest in research related to population dynamics, human wellbeing and sustainable development. Associate Prof Saikia has successfully completed a number of international research projects in the Asia and the Pacific region which includes Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste and India. He has published over 50 articles, chapters and letters in scholarly journals and books, or as refereed conference papers or reports. The “wellbeing index” which is the most innovative part of his research has been the core focus of a number of recent Human Development Reports published by the United Nations. Most recently in his role as the Lead Author and the Team Leader, Associate Prof Saikia has completed the research project leading to the production of the UN National Human Development Report, Timor-Leste 2018- a report which focuses on policy pathways to achieve demographic dividend. His research leadership in his area of expertise has been evident in a series of successful research collaborations, both at national and international level leading to receiving a total research grant of Australian $542,624.00 till date from several funding agencies. He has successfully supervised 9 PhD students (5 as Principal Supervisor) so far. He received “Vice Chancellors Award for Excellence in teaching, 2011” and “Citations for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, 2012”, Office of Learning and Teaching, Government of Australia. He served as the Vice President of Australian Population Association, the peak professional body of population research in Australia, for two consecutive terms (2011-1015).

PhD (2005), Population Studies, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia.

M.Sc (1994-95), Demography, London School of Economics, London.

Master of Population Studies (1992-93), International Institute for Population Sciences, India.

M.A. (1990-92), Economics, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, India.
Honours, awards and grants

Oxford Poverty and Human Initiative (OPHI) fellowship 2014, Summer School- Mutidimensional Poverty Analysis, University of Oxford.

Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning 2012 awarded by the Office for Learning and Teaching, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Government of Australia.

Theo Murphy High Flyers Think Tank Award, 2012 Australian Academy of Sciences;

Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching 2011, Flinders University;

London School of economics (Indian Friends) Award 1994,

Irmgard Coninx Research Grant Award (6th Berlin Roundtables on "Population Politics", Germany) 2007;

Scholarship for IUSSP-MPID, Max Planck Institute, Rostock, Germany, 2007;

Ron Lister Fellow 2008, University of Otago, New Zealand.

Teaching interests
Population Studies and Sustainable Development
Topic coordinator
PPHR9742 Population and Environment
PPHR2721 Demography
PPHR9701 Population Studies
DVST2701 Sustainable Development
DVST8701 Sustainable Development
Supervisory interests
Climate change
Environmental management, traditional knowledge
Fertility and family planning
Gender and development, human rights
HIV/AIDS, population, developing countries
Population and human resources
Post-conflict societies
Sustainable development
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Population policy (1), Multidimensional poverty and reproductive health (1)
Associate supervisor: Population and environment (1), Climate change and migration (1), Agricultural practices and land use (1)
Principal supervisor: Population Growth, Poverty and Environmental Sustainability in Timor-Leste (1), The role of Indigenous Solid waste management: Integration of Indigenous Solid waste management Practices (ISWMP) with Modern Solid Waste Management System (SWMS) in Papua New Guinea (PNG) (1), The role of foreign direct investment on trade and technology innovation in southeast Asia with particular reference to Timor-Leste (1), Desired and achieved fertility of the women of Tehran (1), Pig farming and sustainable development (1)
Associate supervisor: The capacity building paradox using friendship work to build capacity in the South (1), The demographic behavior of an indigenous population in urban Papua New Guinea: the Motu Koitabu of Hanuabada (1), Addressing childhood malnutrition in Iran moving towards comprehensive primary health care (1), Governance and health service provision in Bangladesh, Health seeking behaviour of women with maternal morbidity in Dhaka, Bangladesh (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Merve Hosgelen

UNDP internship - Timor Leste - OCT 2011

Merve Hosgelen

JC Caldwell Research Grant - FEB 2011

Merve Hosgelen

Australian Population Association Conference Travel Award - SEP 2012

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  • Demography
  • Development
  • Environment
  • Pacific Islands
  • Population
  • Sustainability
  • Human Development in Asia Pacific
  • Human Wellbeing
  • Population