Dr Peter Selman
Visiting Fellow, School of Geography, Politics & Sociology.


I first came to Newcastle University in 1968 and was Head of Department of Social Policy 1994-1999.I took early retirement in 2002 and have held a Visiting Fellowship since then. My early research concentrated on human fertility behaviour and more recently I have focused my interests on the issue of teenage pregnancy, carrying out two studies of the education of young mothers for DfES.

Today my main area of research is international adoption on which I have published widely. I am currently Chair of the Network for Intercountry Adoption and a Trustee of the British Association for Adoption and Fostering.

Much of my work focuses on intercountry adoption statistics and up to date information on this topic can be found at the web-site listed above or by writing to me as pfselman@yahoo.co.uk 


PhD. University of Newcastle, 1977
BA Literae Humaniores, Oxford University, 1964

Research Interests

Intercountry Adoption;the demography of adoption; teenage pregnancy and motherhood;

Other Expertise

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


Undergraduate Teaching

S0C3041: Adoption: a Worldwide Perspective