Selmen, Peter

Position: Visiting Fellow, School of Geography, Politics & Sociology РNew Castle University 

Background: Dr. Selmen first came to Newcastle University in 1968 and was Head of Department of Social Policy 1994-1999. He took early retirement in 2002 and have held a Visiting Fellowship since then. His early research concentrated on human fertility behaviour and more recently he has focused his interests on the issue of teenage pregnancy, carrying out two studies of the education of young mothers for DfES. Today his main area of research is international adoption on which he has published widely. He is currently Chair of the Network for Intercountry Adoption and a Trustee of the British Association for Adoption and Fostering.

Research Interests: intercountry adoption; the demography of adoption; teenage pregnancy and motherhood;

Otherexpertise: comparative social policy; demographic change and public policy;

Current work: trends in international adoption 1998-2006

Future research: comparison of adoption policy in Spain and the UK; intercountry adoption from Ethiopia

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 284 3488



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