Lisa Denny

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Lisa Denny

Lisa Denny

PhD candidate

Social Sciences Building, Sandy Bay Campus

Lisa is a demographer and a Research Fellow with the Institute for the Study of Social Change at the University of Tasmania.


Over the past twenty years, Lisa has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience in both private industry and the public sector in Tasmania. She has an intricate understanding and knowledge of the influences and drivers of Tasmania’s population and economy and a deep commitment to ensuring that the State’s potential is realised.

As a demographer and quantitative researcher, Lisa provides independent demographic analysis and advice at state, regional or local level using multiple social and economic variables. Lisa’s area of interest and expertise centres on the interrelated nature of the population, education and training and work with a view to achieving economic renewal in the context of population ageing and other socio-economic scenarios. She focuses on producing empirically based evidence to inform policy and planning to improve productivity, education to employment transitions, workforce planning, equality and well-being.

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) and is currently completing a PhD with the University of Tasmania. Lisa's PhD research is entitled 'Skill Utilisation: an alternative to the 3Ps solution to population ageing'.

Lisa is the Vice President of the Australian Population Association (APA), the peak professional body for demographers.

Living in Hobart, Tasmania, Lisa is one of the 8.7 per cent of Tasmanians with one parent born overseas and is slightly younger than the median age of Tasmanians (but not Australians!). She also has a seven year old son.

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Fields of Research

  • Population Trends and Policies (160305)
  • Aged Health Care (111702)
  • Policy and Administration (160599)
  • Urban Sociology and Community Studies (160810)
  • Social Change (160805)
  • Demography (160399)
  • Climate Change Processes (040104)
  • Family and Household Studies (160301)
  • Innovation and Technology Management (150307)
  • Environmental Engineering (090799)
  • Risk Engineering (excl. Earthquake Engineering) (091507)
  • Surfacewater Hydrology (040608)

Research Objectives

  • Government and Politics (940299)
  • Employment Patterns and Change (940501)
  • Social Class and Inequalities (940116)
  • Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) (920201)
  • Effects of Climate Change and Variability on the South Pacific (excl. Australia and New Zealand) (excl. Social Impacts) (960309)
  • Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis (940204)
  • Comparative Structure and Development of Community Services (940107)
  • Work and Institutional Development (940599)
  • Industry Policy (910205)
  • Demography (910102)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Engineering (970109)
  • Natural Hazards (961099)
  • Climate Change Adaptation Measures (960301)


Total publications


Journal Article

(3 outputs)
2016Denny L, Churchill B, 'Youth employment in Australia: A comparative analysis of labour force participation by age group', Journal of Applied Youth Studies, 1, (2) pp. 5-22. ISSN 2204-9193 (2016) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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Co-authors: Churchill B

2015Denny L, Polkan E, 'Measuring mendicancy: identifying capacity for future economic sustainability by developing a measure of government dependency', Australian Economic Review, 48, (3) pp. 237-287. ISSN 0004-9018 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1467-8462.12119 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Polkan E


2014Churchill B, Denny L, Jackson N, 'Thank God you're here: the coming generation and their role in future‑proofing Australia from the challenges of population ageing', Australian Journal of Social Issues, 49, (3) pp. 373-392. ISSN 0157-6321 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/j.1839-4655.2014.tb00318.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Churchill B; Jackson N


Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
2013Patman P, Denny LJ, Churchill B, 'Using SPSS for Descriptive Statistical Analysis', Social Research Methods, Oxford University Press, Maggie Walter (ed), Australia, pp. 195-223. ISBN 9780195520170 (2013) [Revised Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Patman P; Churchill B

Conference Publication

(1 outputs)
2013Taylor LJ, 'Tasmania in Transition', Tasmania in Transition, Skills Tasmania Conference, 20-21 May 2013, Hobart (2013) [Keynote Presentation]

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Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(2 outputs)
2017Denny L, Dwan C, Wimmer B, 'TASMANIAN DEMOGRAPHICS REPORT Of 50 to 64 year olds and 65 to 79 year olds', Glenview, Australia (2017) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Dwan C; Wimmer B

2016Remenyi TA, Harris R, White CJ, Corney S, Jabour J, et al., 'Projecting Volunteer Resource Requirements Under Extreme Climate Futures Technical Report', Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, and the University of Tasmania, Australia (2016) [Consultants Report]

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Co-authors: Remenyi TA; Harris R; White CJ; Corney S; Jabour J; Kelty S; Norris K; Julian R; Bindoff N

Other Public Output

(8 outputs)
2014Denny LJ, 'Tassie facing an age-old dilemma', The Mercury, Davis Brothers Pty Ltd, Hobart Tasmania, 8th February 2014, pp. 1-3. (2014) [Newspaper Article]

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2013Denny LJ, 'Tassie prime for a rebrand', The Mercury, Davis Brothers Pty Ltd, Tasmania, 4th August 2013 (2013) [Media Interview]

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2013Taylor LJ, 'Tackling the challenge of Tasmania's ageing population', The Conversation, The Conversation Media Trust, online, 25 January 2013 (2013) [Magazine Article]

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2013Taylor LJ, 'Libs' people plan 'feasable'', The Examiner, Fairfax Regional Media, Tasmania, 9 March 2013 (2013) [Newspaper Article]

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2013Taylor LJ, 'On the Move', ABC 7.30 Report, ABC NEWS, Tasmania, 8th March 2013 (2013) [Media Interview]

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2013Taylor LJ, 'The aspirational Tasmanian: ready for the right kind of change', The Conversation, The Conversation Media Trust, online, 13 February 2013 (2013) [Magazine Article]

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2012Taylor LJ, 'Women in the Workforce', 7.30 Tasmania, Australian Broadacsting Corporation, Hobart, Tasmania, 2 November 2011 (2012) [Media Interview]

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2012West J, Arundel A, Adams DW, Bowen Butchart D, O'Brien KR, et al., 'Diversifying Tasmania's Economy: Analysis and Options', Diversifying Tasmania's : Economy Analysis Options, Federal Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development & Local Government, Canberra, pp. i-xxvi; 1-819. (2012) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: West J; Arundel A; Adams DW; Bowen Butchart D; O'Brien KR; Gatenby-Clark SJ; Polkan E; Smart Richard; Torugsa N

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Korongee Lifestyles (2017)$48,030
The purpose of this project is to gain an understanding of the Tasmanian population aged between 50-65 and 65-80 years of age, to inform the development of a typology of different Tasmanian lifestyles in these age ranges. A tool will also be developed to enable potential residents and their carers to identify 'houses' or spaces within a new development, name a secure dementia village, that re most reminiscent of their lifestyle.
Glenview Community Services Inc ($48,030)
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Dwan C; King AC; Denny LJ; Wimmer BC
Projecting Volunteer Resource Requirements Under Extreme Climate Futures (2015)$86,800
This project will consider the impacts of a changing climate on emergency service volunteer resources in Tasmania.
Department of Police and Emergency Management [TAS] ($86,800)
Grant-Emergency Volunteer Fund
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Remenyi TA; Harris R; White CJ; Corney SP; Bindoff NL; Kelty SF; Denny LJ; Julian RD; Norris K; Jabour JA