Dr Katharine Betts | Sustainable Population Australia

An independent not-for-profit organisation seeking to protect the environment and our quality of life by ending population growth in Australia and globally, while rejecting racism and coercive population control. SPA is an environmental advocacy organisation, not a political party.

Dr Katharine Betts

Katharine Betts is vice-president of The Australian Population Research Institute <tapri.org.au> and Adjunct Associate Professor of Sociology at Swinburne University of Technology.

She wrote Ideology and Immigration: Australia 1976 to 1987, Melbourne University Press, 1988. This was revised and republished as The Great Divide: Immigration Politics in Australia, Duffy and Snellgrove, 1999.

She was co-editor of the quarterly demographic journal, People and Place, from 1993 to 2010, and has written widely on immigration, demography and public opinion. In 2011 the British Royal Society commissioned her to write ‘Oceania: trends in population and consumption’ for their publication People and the Planet.

She taught sociology at Monash University from 1981 to 1986 and at Swinburne from 1987 to 2009.


Katharine was recently interviewed for SPA wherre she explores some of her successes in sustainable population advocacy and her history with SPA.  See her interview on our Youtube Channel here