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.



Top tips for managing, educating and playing with children at home
23 Mar 2020 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: Covid-19, family, homeschooling, New Zealand
You need these as we all go into lockdown


The two countries with the greatest commitment to democracy
12 Mar 2020 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: democracy, demography, Hungary, United States
The world over, commitment to democractic values is worryingly weak


Parts of Europe are already “fading from the map”
7 Mar 2020 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: demography, European Union, fertility, Spain
Rural Spain is one of them


The world’s major economies are being hit hard by demographic change
20 Feb 2020 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: ageing, demography, economics, Europe, fertility
From China to Europe, they may grow old before they grow richer 


My daughter plays like a #TradWife
11 Feb 2020 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: demography, feminism, motherhood, tradwife
Are some women innately at home, at home?


Research proves the benefits of inter-generational connection
6 Feb 2020 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: community, demography, happiness, inter-generational living, loneliness
"The needs and assets of the generations fit together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle."


Should women stay single?
24 Jan 2020 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: demography, fertility, freedom, happiness, marriage, United Nations
Why the former director of the United Nations Population Division is probably wrong.


Time is ticking for Europe
18 Jan 2020 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: demography, Europe, fertility, population decline
The continent can no longer offset population decline.


It was a decade of disappearing youth for the United States
6 Jan 2020 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: 2020's, demography, family, fertility, United States
We can make the 2020s a turning point if we identify the root causes.


France enters 6th day of pension strikes
11 Dec 2019 | DEMOGRAPHY IS DESTINY |  
tags: ageing population, demography, fertility, France, Macron, pension plans, retirement
What's all the disruption about?


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