BA (New England), PhD (ANU)


Professor Gavin Jones completed his career as Director of the JY Pillay Comparative Asia Research Centre, Global Asia Institute, National University of Singapore, after serving for eight years as research team leader in changing family in Asia research cluster of the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. He was formerly Head, Division of Demography and Sociology, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, completing a period of 28 years with the Australian National University. Professor Jones' research interests cover a wide field, focusing particularly on population policy, the relationships between population growth and economic development, urbanisation, marriage and divorce, fertility determinants, and the demographic aspects of educational trends and labour markets. His geographic focus is on South-East and East Asia, particularly Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. During his 11 years in Singapore, his focus was particularly on delayed marriage and very low fertility in countries of East and South-East Asia, on the determinants of educational change in Asian countries, and on urbanization trends in these countries. He retired and moved to Perth in early 2015, and continues an active academic career, as conference participant, editor of books nearing publication, author of book chapters and as consultant to international organizations.

Director, JY Pillay Comparative Asia Research Centre, Global Asia Institute, National University of Singapore, 2012-2014

Research team leader, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, 2003-2012

Head, Division of Demography and Sociology, Australian National University, 1997-1999

Coordinator, Demography Program, Australian National University, 1990-1996

Senior Fellow, then Professorial Fellow, then Professor, Department of Demography, Australian National University, 1975-1991

Staff Associate, The Population Council, New York, 1966-1975

The following are selected from about 30 sole authored, co-authored or edited books and about 170 papers in peer reviewed journals and book chapters:

Jones, Gavin W., 1975, Population Growth and Educational Planning in Developing Nations, Irvington Publishers, New York.

Jones, Gavin W., 1994, Marriage and Divorce in Islamic South-East Asia, Oxford University Press, Singapore.

Hugo, Graeme, Terence Hull, Valerie Hull and Gavin Jones, 1987, The Demographic Dimension in Indonesian Development, Oxford University Press, Kuala Lumpur.

Jones, Gavin W. and Mike Douglass (eds), 2008, Mega-Urban Regions in Pacific Asia – Urban Dynamics in a Global Era, Singapore: NUS Press.

Jones, Gavin W., Paulin Tay Straughan and Angelique Chan (eds), Ultra-low Fertility in Pacific Asia: Trends, Causes and Policy Issues, London, Routledge.

Suryadarma, Daniel and Gavin W. Jones (eds), 2013, Education in Indonesia, Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

Jones, Gavin W., 1990, Fertility Transitions Among Malay Populations of South-East Asia: Puzzles of Interpretation, Population and Development Review, 16(3): 507-537.

Knodel, John and Gavin W. Jones, 1996, Post-Cairo Population Policy: Does Promoting Girls' Schooling Miss the Mark?, Population and Development Review, 22(4): 683-702.

Jones, Gavin W., 1997, Modernization and Divorce: Contrasting Trends in Islamic South-East Asia and the West, Population and Development Review, 23(1): 95-114.

Jones, Gavin W., 2001, “Which Indonesians marry earliest and why?” Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 32(1): 67-78.

Jones, Gavin W., 2004, “Urbanization trends in Asia: the conceptual and definitional challenges” in Tony Champion and Graeme Hugo (eds), New Forms of Urbanization, Hampshire: Ashgate Publishing: 113-132.

Jones, Gavin W., 2005, “The flight from marriage in East and South-East Asia”, Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 36(1): 93-119.

Jones, Gavin W., 2007, “Delayed marriage and very low fertility in Pacific Asia”, Population and Development Review, 33(3): 453-478.

Jones, Gavin W.,. 2012, “Population policy in a prosperous city-state: dilemmas for Singapore”, Population and Development Review, 38(2): 311-336.

Alkema, Leontine, Gavin W. Jones and Cynthia U.R.Lai, 2013, “Levels of urbanization in the world’s countries: alternative estimates”, Journal of Population Research, 30(4): 291-304.

Jones, Gavin W. and Wei-Jun Jean Yeung, 2014, “Marriage in Asia”, Journal of Family Issues, 35(12): 1567-1583.