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Join Dr Bob Birrell from the Australian Population Research Institute in conversation with Dr John Lenarcic (RMIT School of Business IT and Logistics) as they discuss the future of IT careers.
Are there too few or too many IT graduates? According to demographer Dr Bob Birrell, “Local IT graduates who take up the advocates’ challenge face an overcrowded job market flush with migrants.” Other STEM fields (i.e. science, technology, engineering and math) may face similar problems. Is the perceived notion of workforce shortages in science and engineering a contemporary myth?
Bob Birrell (PhD Princeton – Sociology) was Reader in Sociology and the founding director of the Centre for Population and Urban Research at Monash University. He was the joint editor of the demographic journal People and Place (with Katharine Betts) from 1993 to 2010. His appointment with Monash University finished in 2014. He has been a consultant and advisor to successive Australian governments on immigration policy, most recently as part of Coalition Government’s Evaluation of the General Skilled Migration Categories, published in 2006.
Dr Birrell is a frequent media commentator on demographic issues. A Sydney Morning Herald profile in 2011 noted that “Dr Birrell…attracts more media coverage in a year than many of his colleagues achieve in a lifetime.” Currently, he is the President of the Australian Population Research Institute: http://tapri.org.au/
Dr Birrell’s research covers Australian history (A Nation of Our Own – Longman 2005), Australian education policy, urban affairs and immigration practice and policy. His most recent international publications include, ‘Media Effects and Immigration Policy in Australia,’ in Gary Freeman, et al., Eds, Immigration and Public Opinion in Liberal Democracies, Routledge, 2013 and ‘Migration: the Australian experience,’ in Sasha Bangalay and Delphine Nakache, Eds, Immigration Regulation in Federal States, Springer, 2014.