Shannon Buckley

After practising law for the last four years, most recently as a junior barrister, Shannon Buckley has decided to complete the graduate diploma in secondary education this year to become an English and religion teacher in a Catholic school.  Shannon enjoys writing, reading, playing tennis, and walking her dog around the water most nights.  She is passionate about making young people think about some of the philosophies, both good and bad, that pervade modern society and underpin legislation and societal change.  She is also getting married at the end of 2011, so is enjoying planning her wedding, but is hopefully not a ‘bridezilla’ yet…



A growing socioeconomic divide between parents
23 Jun 2012 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: Fertility, Older Mothers, United States
A New York Times blogger raises interesting questions this week about the effect on us all of the growing socioeconomic divide between parents. That is, more and more educated, well off woman will just be becoming mothers as their less well off, less educated peers are becoming grandmothers.


A rise in ‘fertility tourism’
14 Jun 2012 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: egg donors, Fertility, IVF
More and more women desperate to have babies in New Zealand are going overseas to find egg donors because they cannot get them in New Zealand. It seems that the main reason overseas ‘egg markets’ are more lucrative is because women are allowed to be paid for their eggs.


The “biggest best story in development”
27 May 2012 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: Africa, economics, Mortality
This month The Economist reports that Africa is currently experiencing significant falls in child mortality rates across the continent. Fantastic demographic news. In fact Michael Clemens of the Centre for Global Development names it “the biggest, best story in development”.


A New American Dream?
18 May 2012 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: birth rates, Minority Groups, United States
The United States is arguably still the world’s greatest super power. Yet, just who makes up that superpower is changing. White people, excluding Latinos, are expected to see their influence and numbers diminish from a 70% share of the population today to a bare majority by 2050.


Parents no longer destined for depression
13 May 2012 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: Parental Happiness, Population Association of America
Two new studies presented at the Population Association of America’s annual meeting have found that parents are happier than their childless counterparts, making previous research to the contrary questionable. Could the immeasurable love you feel for your children outweigh the sleepless nights, endless washing and nights in after all?


New Zealand’s new birth control plan for female beneficiaries labelled “intrusive”
8 May 2012 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: Beneficiaries, Birth Control, New Zealand, Poverty
The New Zealand government hopes to reduce beneficiaries by offering those on benefits and their children free long acting contraception such as long term contraceptive injections, implants and intra-uterine devices. Many consider this is tantamount to the government getting involved in women’s reproductive rights and worry that women will be bullied into short term sterilisation. It certainly sends a strong message that New Zealand doesn’t want people on benefits having children.


More Educated Women opting to have Families
5 May 2012 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: Educated women, Fertility, United States
For the first time a recent study has found that a greater number of highly educated women in their late 30’s and 40’s in the United States are deciding to have children, something that Newswise describes as ‘a dramatic turnaround from recent history’ in an interesting article based on a new study by Ohio University (reported here in the Journal of Population Economics). In fact, fertility increased at almost all ages since the late 1990s or 2000 across all groups of women studied.


China set to fall behind in the economic race
25 Apr 2012 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: birth rates, China, economics
Many are predicting that China’s economy is set to take over the world. According to the IMF China will overtake America as the world’s largest economy in 2017. However, before we start looking to China as the next world superpower, the country’s dire demographic outlook needs to be taken account of. It will almost certainly hold the country back. Yet, despite this, unnatural government restrictions on childbirth persist.


God not dead among young people
13 Apr 2012 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: New Zealand, Religious Practice, Youth
The Press reported recently that perhaps God is not so dead among young people in New Zealand after all. Victoria University's religious studies professor Paul Morris considers there to be evidence of a growing religious revival among young people in the country. This comes after a United States study listed New Zealand as one of the nine countries in the world where religion will all but die last year.


Dementia to triple worldwide by 2050
12 Apr 2012 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: Dementia, Elderly, euthanasia, World Health Organisation
It makes sense that with an aging baby boomer population the effects of aging will also increase over the coming decades. So it doesn’t come as too much of a surprise that the World Health Organisation (“WHO”) expects cases of people living with dementia to triple worldwide by 2050. The WHO report has has brought renewed support for euthanasia from some.


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