Yan Tan

Associate Professor Yan Tan

Associate Professor

School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


My research falls within the field of population and environmental studies, with a focus on migration. Four salient elements in my research include:
• attempt to reconceptualise national population and migration in accordance with transnationalist ideas, and use traditional demographic data with integrated quantitative and qualitative research to analyse the diaspora–migration–development nexus;
• a sustained effort to understand driving forces and processes across the major types of human mobility (migration, displacement, planned relocation);
• sophisticated analysis of the consequences of migration, development- and environment-induced displacement and resettlement;
• work to advance international debates on migration theory, and methods to assess demographic, social, and climate/ecological vulnerability in the face of climate and other environmental impacts – especially for the most disadvantaged.

My most recent projects explore the interplay of environmental, demographic, socio-economic and institutional factors in climate (environmental) change, population mobility, and adaptation. I seek critical depth concerning this relationship, and translation into effective policy to reduce inequality, enhance adaptive capacity, improve ecosystem services, and promote reasonable migration that is beneficial to sustainable urbanisation and rural development. This work has focused on China and Australia.

I welcome inquiries from Masters and PhD candidates interested in: Demographic change and internal/international migration, Transnationalism, diaspora, and development, Climate change, population mobility, and adaptation, Migration, urbanisation, and inequality, and Environment- and development-induced displacement and resettlement.

My current projects include:

  • Transnationalism and Diaspora: Enhancing Demography’s Contribution to Migration and Development
    (Discovery Projects) awarded by AUSTRALIAN RESEARCH COUNCIL (2017–2020, DP170101726)

This study rethinks demographic concepts of population and migration to incorporate elements such as diaspora, circular migration, and transnational linkages. It shows how the use of traditional demographic data with integrated quantitative and qualitative research can yield important insights into diaspora, in particular, the diaspora–migration-development nexus. Four country case studies (China, Indonesia, Singapore and Australia) will be undertaken to increase understanding of the characteristics of diasporas, their multi-scalar and multi-dimensional linkages, and their potential for enhancing development in origin countries. This study will generate policy advice for governments and other stakeholders about how to maximise the development potential of diaspora and facilitate policy discussions within Australia and the Asia-Pacific region as a whole.

 

Areas of current research:

  • Demography/Population Studies: international migration, transnationalism and diaspora; climate change, migration, and adaptation in the Asia-Pacific region, namely China and Australia; environment- and development-induced displacement and resettlement; social inequality and social security.
  • Environmental Studies/Human Geography: climate/ecological vulnerability assessment; relationship between migration, population growth, urbanisation, and degradation of ecosystem services in China; urbanisation and land-use change; industrial and household carbon emissions.
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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2017 Associate Professor University of Adelaide
    2016 - 2016 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2011 - 2015 ARC QEII Fellow University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2013 Fellowship Australia-China Joint-Action Exchange Program 2013 Fellowship Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) Australia
    2012 Fellowship Australia-China Joint-Action Exchange Program 2012 Fellowship Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) Australia
    2011 Fellowship ARC Queen Elizabeth II (QE II) Fellowship Australian Research Council Australia $610,380
    2009 Fellowship Flinders University Research Fellowship Flinders University Australia
    2006 Award Flinders University Establishment Award Flinders University Australia
    2004 Award The 2004 John Lewis Silver Medal Royal Geographical Society of South Australia Australia
    2002 Award Award for an Outstanding Presentation Institute of Australian Geographers Australia
    2000 Scholarship Australian Commonwealth International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) Australian Government Australia
    1990 Distinction Outstanding Scientific Advancement Prize Association of Science and Technology of Sichuan Province & Chengdu Municipal Government, China China
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2000 - 2004 University of Adelaide Australia Ph.D. (Human Geography / Population Studies)
    1988 - 1991 Southwest China University China M.Sc. (Economic Geography)
    1981 - 1985 Southwest China University China B. Sc. (Geography)

Competitive Research Funding

International Competitive Schemes

Date Project/ No. Investigators Funding Body Amount
2013–15 Internal migration and social security in China Tan Y, Hugo G, Watson A Ford Foundation, U.S. $130,000
USD
2008-09 Study of climate change and migration in Asia and the Pacific Hugo G, Findlay C, Bedford R, Tan Y, Bardsle, D, Williams M, Brook B Asian Development Bank (ADB) $200,000 USD

National Competitive Schemes

Date Project/ No. Investigators Funding Body Amount
2017–20 Transnationalism and diaspora: Enhancing demography’s contribution to migration and development – ARC Discovery Project Tan Y, Rosser A, Guo F, Yeoh B Australian Research Council (ARC) $544,500
2014–17 Vulnerable communities (including human health) research network Bi P, Pisaniello D, Hansen A, Williams S, Hanson-Easey S, Weinstein P, Tan Y, Nursey-Bray M, etc. National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) $400,000
2011–15 Climate change and migration in China: Theoretical, empirical and policy dimensions – ARC Discovery/Fellowship Project Hugo G, Tan Y (ARC QEII Fellow), Yang G, Wang N Australian Research Council (ARC) $710,000
2013 Group Mission: Multidisciplinary projects related to sustainable futures Findlay C, Oak M, Anderson K, Gibson R, Hugo G, Watson A, Tan Y, Bardsley D The Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF) $50,000
2011–13 Impact of climate change on disadvantaged groups: Issues and interventions Hugo G, Tan Y, Spoehr J National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) $246,795
2011–13 Extreme heat and climate change – adaptation in culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities Bi P, Saniotis A, Benson J, Tan Y, Nitschke M, Wilson L, Han G-S, Smyth V, Hansen A National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) $248,229
2004–06 A well-skilled future: Tailoring VET to the emerging labour market Richardson S, Teese R, Martin B, Tan Y National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) $750,000

Other External Competitive Grants

Date Project/ No. Investigators Funding Body Amount
2013 Internal migration and social security in China Tan Y Australia-China Joint-Action Program: Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA)

$7,500

2012 Climate change and migration in China: Institutional dimensions

Hugo G, Tan Y

Australia-China Joint-Action exchange program: the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA)

$6,500

2010 Review of skilled and business migration in South Australia Tan Y, Richardson S Department of Trade and Economic Development, State Government of South Australia (DTED)

$66,000

2009–10 Evaluation of the better access to psychiatrists, psychologists and GP’s through the Medicare Benefits Schedule Initiative King D, Tan Y, Wainer J, Smith L, Fitzpatrick D, Sun L, Owada K Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA), Australian Government

$272,987

2009–10 Research into long-term physical implications of net overseas migration

Richardson S, Sobels J, Tan Y, Turner G, Maude A, Beer A, Wei Z

Australian Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC)

$250,000

2009–10 Climate change and human displacement in west China Tan Y Flinders University

$13,720

2008

Evaluation of Australian’s Working Holiday Maker program

Tan Y, Richardson S Australian Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC)

$90,000

2008 Vision 2020 Project: Labour forecasts Molloy S, Tan Y Minerals Council of Australia (MCA)

$45,000

2007 University employment review to 2016 Tan Y, Richardson S Unisuper, Australia

$50,000

2006 The labour force outlook in the minerals resources sector 2005 to 2015

Lowry D, Tan Y

Minerals Council of Australia (MCA)

$100,000

2006 Reasons why persons with VET qualifications are employed in lower skilled occupations and industries Richardson S, Tan Y Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal

$40,000

2006 Research on displacement and resettlement of the Three Gorges Project in China

Tan Y

Flinders University

$11,000

2005 Labour force projections for the greater metropolitan area of NSW to 2031 Tan Y, Richardson S Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources, NSW, Australia

$54,000

Date Course Title Course Level / Code
2019 Social Science Techniques Level 1, GEOG 1005
2019 Social Science Techniques Level 2, GEOG 2132
2019 Population and Health Level 2, GEOG 2138
2019 Environmental Policy & Management Internship Level 3, GEOG 3025
2019 Geography Matters Level 3, GEOG 3024
2019 Introduction to Urbanisation Masters, GEOG 7015
2019 Master’s Dissertations: Environmental Policy & Management; Planning Masters, GEOG 5551; GEOG 5505
2018 Social Science Techniques Level 1, GEOG 1005
2018 Social Science Techniques Level 2, GEOG 2132
2018 Global International Migration Level 3, GEOG 3026
2018 Environmental Policy & Management Internship Level 3, GEOG 3025
2018 Honours Common Course Honours, GEOG 4001
2018 Honours Thesis Honours, GEOG 4003
2018 Master’s Dissertations: Environmental Policy & Management; Planning Masters, GEOG 5551; GEOG 5505
2017 Global International Migration Level 3, GEOG 3026
2017 Honours Common Course Honours, GEOG 4001
2017 Honours Thesis Honours, GEOG 4003
2017 Master’s Dissertations: Environmental Policy & Management; Planning Masters, GEOG 5551; GEOG 5505

 

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Principal Supervisor Chinese Business Migrants from Mainland China in Australia after 21st Century - An Investigation of Business Migrants in the Business Innovation Stream and Business Owner Stream Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Chao Shi
    2018 Principal Supervisor The Impacts of Natural Disasters on Fertility Intentions and Outcomes in Bangladesh Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Khandaker Jafor Ahmed
    2017 Co-Supervisor Trophy Hunting and Land Use Competition in Tanzania: Multicriteria Analysis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Gileard Sifueli Minja
    2017 Principal Supervisor The Transnationalism of Hometown Investing by Overseas Migrants from Rural Birthplaces Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Jeremaiah Manuel Opiniano
    2017 Principal Supervisor Australian Emigrants in Asia: Transnationalism and Diaspora Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Madeleine Rose Morey
    2017 Co-Supervisor Egyptian Agriculture in Transition: Sustaining Agricultural Workers in a Changing Climate Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Ayah Roushdy Abdul Aty Omar
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Sustaining Off-Reserve Forests in Ghana: A Game-Theoretic Approach Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Emmanuel Otutei
    2014 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Migration and Food Security in Urban China: A Case Study in Megacity Shanghai from the Perspective of Food Consumption Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Lingling Liao
    2011 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Exploring the Relationship between Climatic Variability, Inequality and Migration from a Class Perspective: Evidence from Minqin County, Western China Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Xuchun Liu
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2014 - 2017 Chair International Steering Committee, Population-Environment Research Network (PERN) United States
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2017 - 2020 Board Member Journal of Mountain Science Chinese Academy of Sciences China
    2016 - ongoing Member Austin Environmental Sciences United States
  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 83133976
  • Email: yan.tan@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 3772
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor G
  • Room: G 32
  • Org Unit: Geography, Environment and Population

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