Research

  • Dharma’s current research focuses on fertility and partnering in Australia, social cohesion in Australia, international migration, family and household structures, ageing and health. In his research Dharma use census data and primary and secondary survey data. Although Dharma has used both qualitative and quantitative methods, his current research uses predominantly quantitative methods, multilevel models, population projection and simulation techniques and conventional demographic methods.

    In answering key research questions, Dharma’s perspective pays attention to group-level social, economic and cultural features and seeks explanations at multiple levels. Dharma’s research also covers demographic issues in India, in particular fertility, religion and health.

    His current research on India focuses on child malnutrition, poverty and social/cultural institutions. He has supervised student research on social, demographic and cultural issues in developing countries and in Australia and New Zealand.

  • Dharma’s current research focuses on fertility and partnering in Australia, social cohesion in Australia, international migration, family and household structures, ageing and health. In his research Dharma use census data and primary and secondary survey data. Although Dharma has used both qualitative and quantitative methods, his current research uses predominantly quantitative methods, multilevel models, population ... Read more