Dharma is a social demographer in Sociology Programme, and Head of School for the School of Social Sciences. He received his PhD in Demography from the Australian National University and was a Rockefeller Postdoctoral Fellow at the Population Studies Centre, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, USA). Before joining Monash University, he taught at the Department of Societies and Cultures, University of Waikato, New Zealand.
Dharma’s current research focuses on: fertility and partnering, social cohesion, international migration, family and household structures, population research, ageing and health. Dharma’s research also covers demographic issues in India.
Dharma’s recent publications include two co-edited volumes: Creating Social Cohesion in an Interdependent World: Experiences of Australia and Japan (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) and Family Formation in 21st Century Australia (Springer, 2015). He has also co-authored the monograph The New Zealand Family From 1840. A Demographic History (Auckland University Press, 2007).
His current research covers Indian Migrants in Australia, intermarriage, Social Cohesion and Cultural Diversity, Housing+Transport costs and Housing Affordability, and Homelessness in Australia.