Shannon Roberts

Shannon Roberts is co-editor of MercatorNet’s blog on population issues, Demography is Destiny.  While she has a background as a barrister, writing has been a life-long passion and she has contributed to a range of publications. 

She has regularly written on demographic issues for almost a decade, and her writing informs both academic teaching and international debate. 

Shannon balances her writing with her other passion - her family.  She has three beautiful children and lives in Auckland, New Zealand.



U.S fertility fell for the fourth year in a row
5 Dec 2019 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: demography, fertility, United States
A historian asks: "Are we doomed to a slow comfortable death?"


‘The conversation around reproduction can and should take on some of the urgency of the climate change debate’
22 Nov 2019 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: America, Australia, demography, fertility, motherhood, population
Could we freeze our careers, instead of our eggs?


Is Africa as populous as we think?
13 Nov 2019 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: census, demography, Kenya, population
Census data isn't always reliable.


Maternity retailer files for bankruptcy
1 Nov 2019 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: demography, economy, fertility, population decline
Could it be a sign of things to come?


Should parents be paid?
25 Oct 2019 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: demography, fertility, parenthood, work
Some are calling for them to be.


What is to become of the Balkans?
17 Oct 2019 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: demography, emigration, fertility, the Balkans
It is in “critical demographic decline”


The USA could be in population decline sooner than was previously thought
9 Oct 2019 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: demography, economy, population decline, retirement, United States
That has huge implications.


“It should not be this hard to raise a family”
3 Oct 2019 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: America, demography, fertility, parental leave
So why is it?


Middle-aged men are part of the loneliness epidemic too
28 Sep 2019 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: demography, family, fertility, loneliness, United Kingdom
A lack of family must be a contributing factor


Don’t forget history when acting today
21 Sep 2019 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: China, human dignity, India, population control
Human inclination doesn't change.


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