Jacques Poot is Emeritus Professor of Population Economics at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand and Visiting Professor in the Department of Spatial Economics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He held previous academic positions at the University of Tsukuba in Japan and at Victoria University of Wellington, where he obtained his PhD. He is an elected Correspondent (Honorary Fellow) of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, an elected Member of the Academia Europaea and a Fellow of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI). He is also an Affiliate of Motu Economic and Public Policy Research in Wellington and an Associate of the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM) at University College London. Jacques Poot is a member of the editorial board of a number of international journals, including Associate Editor of IZA Journal of Migration, and was 1997-2006 Pacific Editor of Papers in Regional Science. His research interests include all aspects of the economics of population (such as migration, fertility, labour force, and ageing) and especially the geographical dimension of these topics. He has, or has had, a leading role in several large multi-institution research programmes, including: on capturing the diversity dividend of Aotearoa New Zealand; on the economic integration of immigrants in New Zealand; on regional demographic change in New Zealand, and on migrant diversity and regional disparity in Europe.
He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in October 2009.