Vale Professor Graeme Hugo
The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) was deeply saddened by the passing of Professor Graeme Hugo, RAI Fellow and Research Advisor.
Professor Hugo was a key contributor to the RAI. His generous commitment of time and expertise has been vital to our research and policy since the RAI’s formation in 2011. His passion for regional issues saw him dedicate his extensive knowledge and energy to our work continuously over the past four years.
Professor Hugo’s most significant contribution to the RAI can be seen through our work on population dynamics in regional Australia. An extensive research report completed by Professor Hugo and his team at the Australian Migration and Population Research Centre (the University of Adelaide) was foundational to this.
The ongoing advice he provided, assisted in the development of two Talking Points; Returning to regional Australia and An ageing (regional) Australia and the rise of the Super Boomer. These pieces of work have been fundamental to the RAI’s endeavour to challenge misconceptions about population trends in regional Australia.
The final piece in this series exploring international migration and immigration policy is expected for release in 2015.
In recognition of the contribution Professor Hugo made to the RAI, the report has been made available on the RAI’s website. To see the full report, click here.
Professor Hugo’s contribution to the RAI was part of his wider interest in regional issues. Key publications by Professor Hugo on this subject include:
Immigrant settlement in regional Australia: patterns and processes
This chapter is part of Rae Dufty-Jones and John Connell’s (editors) book Rural change in Australia: population, economy, environment. It looks at how immigration and immigration policy have challenged and reshaped rural Australia.
Australian policy is trying to shift the settlement of skilled international migrants settle in the capital cities. The success of this policy is debatable. Professor Hugo explores which skilled migrants would work in regional areas and what are the barriers for living outside of the capital cities.
This is a summary of the work undertaken as part of The Linking Rural Older People to Community through Technology project. It looks at the link between social connectedness in older populations and the role technology plays in this.
New technologies offer the ideal medium to increase connections in different social networks, although more needs to be done to achieve the full potential.
For a full list of publications by Professor Graeme Hugo click here.
Professor Hugo’s funeral was held on Tuesday, 27 January in Adelaide.