Researchers Biography

Peter is an applied statistician with a broad range of research interests. In 2011 he completed a bachelor of applied science majoring in marine conservation. He graduated with a second class honours in marine biology in 2012. He then spent a year acquainting himself with the enlightened world, and in 2014 he graduated with a first class honours in statistics and marine biology.

In 2015, Peter joined ISSR and the Life course Centre to pursue a PhD applying hierarchical Bayesian models to help evaluate the effects of social disadvantage on people throughout their life course.

PhD topic

Using Bayesian models to understand how social disadvantage impacts people throughout their life course


  • Prof Mark Western (Principal)
  • Prof Michele Haynes (Associate)

Research interests

  • Effects of social disadvantage on human development
  • Human development
  • Bayesian statistics
  • Applied statistics
  • Conservation and marine science
  • Life and all things funny


Rankin, P.S., & Lemos, R.T. (In Press). An alternative surplus production model. Ecological Modelling.

Rankin, P.S., & Lemos, R.T. 2015. An alternative surplus production model. Ecological Modelling 323:109–126.

Rankin, P.S. & Ngwenya, E. (2011). Linking Awareness and Likely Achievement of Global Millennium Development Goals: Evidence and Implications for Advocacy from 46 countries. International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability, 7, 1: 275-286.