Emeritus Professor Zhongwei Zhao

Zhongwei Zhao graduated from University of Cambridge (PhD), University of Exeter (MA), and Peking University (BA).

Zhongwei Zhao has been a Professor at the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute, College of Arts and Social Sciences, the Australian National University since 2008.

Prior to taking up the present appointment, he was a senior research associate at the Cambridge Group for the History of population and Social Structure, a Bye-Fellow at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, a senior fellow/fellow/research fellow at the Australian National University, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of New South Wales and the East-West Centre of Hawaii, and a researcher at Peking University.

Research interests

  • Environmental impacts on population health and mortality
  • Mortality and fertility transition in East Asia
  • Computer microsimulation in demographic research
  • Historical demography
  • Changes in families, households and kinship networks
  • Demographic estimation and mortality models
  • Demographic impacts of famines
  • Zhao, Z & Hayes, A 2018, 'Conclusion', in Zhongwei Zhao and Adrian C Hayes (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Asian Demography, Routledge, London, pp. 532-539.

  • Zhao, Z & Yu, Y 2018, 'Age patterns and sex differentials in mortality', in Zhongwei Zhao and Adrian C Hayes (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Asian Demography, Routledge, London, pp. 209-227.

  • Zhao, Z & Zhang, G 2018, 'Socioeconomic factors have been the major driving force of China's fertility changes since the mid-1990s', Demography, vol. 55, no. 2, pp. 733-742.

  • Zhao, Z & Hayes, A 2018, 'Introduction to Routledge Handbook', in Zhongwei Zhao and Adrian C Hayes (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Asian Demography, Routledge, London, pp. 1-14.

  • Zhao, Z & Hayes, A, eds, 2018, Routledge handbook of Asian Demography, Routledge, London.

  • Zhao, Z, Xu, Q & Yuan, X 2017, 'Far below replacement fertility in urban China', Journal Biosocial Science, vol. 49, no. S1, pp. S4-S19.

  • Zhao, Z, Chen, W & Jin, Y 2016, 'Recent mortality trends in China', in Christophe Z. Guilmoto and Gavin W. Jones (ed.), Contemporary Demographic Transformations in China, India and Indonesia, Springer, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 37-53.

  • Zhao, Z 2016, 'The Development of Chinese Historical Demography Since 1950', in A Fauve-Chamoux, I Bolovan & S Sogner (ed.), A Global History of Historical Demography: Half a Century of Interdisciplinarity, Peter Lang AG, International Academic Publishers, Bern, pp. 193-211pp.

  • Zhao, Z, Zhu, Y & Tu, E 2015, 'Daily mortality changes in Taiwan in the 1970s: An examination of the relationship between temperature and mortality', Vienna Yearbook of Population Research, vol. 13, pp. 71-90pp.

  • Zhao, Z 2015, 'Closing a sociodemographic chapter of Chinese history', Population and Development Review, vol. 41, no. 4, pp. 681-686.

  • Zhao, Z, Chen, W, Zhao, J et al 2014, 'Mortality in China: Data sources, trends and patterns', in Isabelle Attané, Baochang Gu (ed.), Analysing China's Population: Social Change in a New Demographic Era, Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 205-225.

  • Basten, S, Sobotka, T, Zeman, K et al 2014, 'A qualitative understanding of future drivers of fertility in Pacific Asia', in Byongho Tchoe and Minja Kim Choe (ed.), Socioeconomic Impacts of Demographic Change, Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs, Korea, pp. 1-27.

  • Zhao, Z, Tu, E & Zhao, J 2014, 'Long-term mortality changes in East Asia: Levels, age patterns, and causes of death', in Jon Anson and Marc Luy (ed.), Mortality in an International Perspective, Springer International Publishing AG, Dordrecht, pp. 337-355.

  • McDonald, P, Zhao, Z, Drysdale, P et al, eds, 2013, Demographic transition.

  • Zhao, Z 2013, 'Population dynamics in pre-modern China', in Tim Wright (ed.), Oxford Bibliographies: Chinese Studies, Oxford University Press, Oxford, p. 23.

  • Zhao, Z 2011, 'Historical Demography and Family Reconstitution', World History, vol. 2, pp. 96-101.

  • Z. Zhao (2013), “Population Dynamics in Pre-Modern China”, in Oxford Bibliographies in Chinese Studies. Tim Wright (ed.). New York: Oxford University Press, Currently online publication.

  • Zhao, Z, Zhu, Y & Reimondos, A 2013, 'Could changes in reported sex ratios at birth during and after China's 1958-1961 famine support the adaptive sex ratio adjustment hypothesis?', Demographic Research, vol. 29, no. 33, pp. 885-906.

  • Gray, E & Zhao, Z, (Eds), 2012, Population Studies, 4 Volume Set, Critical Concepts in the Social Sciences, Routledge.

  • Zhao, Z & Reimondos, A 2012, 'The demography of China's 1958-61 famine: A closer examination', Population, vol. 67, no. 2, pp. 329-356.

  • Zhao, Z & Chen, W 2011, 'China's far below-replacement fertility and its long-term impact: Comments on the preliminary results of the 2010 census', Demographic Research, vol. 25, no. 26, pp. 819-835.

  • Zhao, Z 2011, 'Adult mortality in Asia', in Rogers, Richard G.; Crimmins, Eileen M. (eds) (ed.), International Hanbook of Adult Mortality, Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 133-150.

  • Zhao, Z 2011, 'China's Demographic Challenges from a Global Perspective', in Jane Golley and Ligang Song (ed.), Rising China: Global Challenges and Opportunities, ANU ePress, Canberra Australia, pp. 285-300.

  • Zhao, Z & Guo, Z 2010, 'China's below replacement fertility: A further exploration', Canadian Studies in Population, vol. 37, no. 3-4, pp. 525-562.

  • Zhao, Z & Zhang, X 2010, 'China's recent fertility decline: Evidence from reconstructed fertility statistics', Population (English edition), vol. 65, no. 3, pp. 451-478.

  • Zhao, Z & Chen, W 2008, 'Changes in Household Formation and Composition in China since the Mid-Twentieth Century', Journal of Population Research, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 267-286.

  • Zhao, Z 2008, 'Historical demography', in Y. Zeng (ed.), Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), EOLSS Publishers, Oxford UK, pp. 28pp.

  • Zhao, Z 2008, 'The Challenge to Healthy Longevity: Inequality in Health Care and Mortality in China', in Zeng Yi, Dudley L. Poston, Denese Ashbaugh Vlosky, Danan Gu (ed.), Healthy Longevity in China: Demographic, Socioeconomic, and Psychological Dimensions, Springer, New York, pp. 269-287.

  • Zhao, Z 2007, 'Population control', in William A Darity (ed.), International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (2007), MacMillan Reference USA, New York, p. 0.

  • Zhao, Z & Guo, F 2007, 'Introduction [to Transition and Challenge: China's Population at the Beginning of the 21st Century]', in Zhongwei Zhao and Fei Guo (ed.), Transition and Challenge: China's Population at the Beginning of the 21st Century, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 1-17.

  • Caldwell, J & Zhao, Z 2007, 'China's demography in perspective', in Zhongwei Zhao and Fei Guo (ed.), Transition and Challenge: China's Population at the Beginning of the 21st Century, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 271-285.

  • Zhao, Z & Guo, F, eds, 2007, Transition and Challenge: China's Population at the Beginning of the 21st Century, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

  • Zhao, Z 2007, 'Changing mortality patterns and causes of death', in Zhongwei Zhao and Fei Guo (ed.), Transition and Challenge: China's Population at the Beginning of the 21st Century, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 160-176.

  • Zhao, Z 2007, 'Interpretation and use of the United Nations 1982 Model Life Tables: With particular reference to developing countries', Population, vol. 62, pp. 89-115.

  • Zhao, Z 2006, 'Towards a Better Understanding of Past Fertility Regimes: The Ideas and Practice of Controlling Family Size in Chinese History', Continuity and Change, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 9-35.

  • Zhao, Z 2006, 'Income Inequality, Unequal Health Care Access, and Mortality in China', Population and Development Review, vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 461-483.

  • Zhang, G & Zhao, Z 2006, 'Reexamining China's Fertility Puzzle: Data Collection and Quality over the Last Two Decades', Population and Development Review, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 293-321.

  • Zhao, Z 2006, 'Computer microsimulation and historical study of social structure: A comparative review of SOCSIM and CAMSIM', Revista de Demografia Historica, vol. XXIV, no. 2, pp. 59-88.

  • Zhao, Z & Kinfu, Y 2005, 'Mortality Transition in East Asia', Asian Population Studies, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 3-30.

  • Zhao, Z 2004, 'The far eastern pattern of mortality is not a unique regional mortality model: A reply to Noreen Goldman', Population Studies, vol. 58, no. 1, pp. 121-124.

  • Zhao, Z 2003, 'On the Far Eastern pattern of mortality', Population Studies, vol. 57, no. 2, pp. 131-147.

  • Zhao, Z 2003, 'Household composition', in Paul Demeny & Geoffrey McNicoll (ed.), Encyclopedia of Population, Macmillan Publishers Ltd, New York, pp. 499-501pp.

  • Zhao, Z 2002, 'Fertility control in China's past', Population and Development Review, vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 751-757.

  • Zhao, Z 2001, 'Registered households and micro-social structure in China: Residential patterns in three settlements in Beijing area', Journal of Family History: Studies in family, kinship and demography, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 39-65.

  • Zhao, Z 2001, 'Chinese genealogies as a source for demographic research: A further assessment of their reliabilities and biases', Population Studies, vol. 55, no. 2, pp. 181-193.

  • Zhao, Z 2001, 'Demographic conditions and household formation in Chinese history: A simulation study', in Ts'ui-jung Liu, James Lee, David Sven Reher, Osama Saito and Wang Feng (ed.), Asian Population History, Oxford University Press, United States, pp. 374-394.

  • Zhao, Z 2001, 'Databases, Core: Demography and Genealogies', in Neil J Smelser, Paul B Baltes (ed.), International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (2001), Elsevier, Oxford, UK, pp. 3243-3246pp.

  • Zhao, Z 2000, 'Coresidential Patterns in Historial China: A Simulation Study', Population and Development Review, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 263-293.

  • Zhao, Z. 1997, 'Deliberate birth control under a high-fertility regime: Reproductive behaviour in China before 1970', Population and Development Review, Vol. 23: 729-767.

  • Zhao, Z. 1997, 'Long-term mortality patterns in Chinese history: Evidence from a recorded clan population', Population Studies, Vol. 51: 117-127.

  • Zhao, Z 1997, 'Demographic systems in historic China: Some new findings from recent research', Journal of the Australian Population Association, Vol. 14: 201-232.

  • Zhao, Z. 1996, 'The demographic transition in Victorian England and changes in English kinship networks', Continuity and Change, Vol. 11: 243-272.

  • Zhao, Z. 1994, 'Demographic conditions and multi-generational households in Chinese history. Results from genealogical research and microsimulation', Population Studies, Vol. 48: 413-425.