The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

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. From 1995 to 2013 I was Chair of NICA (Network for Intercountry Adoption) and from 1999 to 2013 a member of the Board of Trustees and the Research Group Advisory Committee of BAAF ( British Association for Adoption and Fostering).  I am currently Statistics advisor for The Hague Conference

After my degree at Oxford University I worked for three years  as a child care officer, specialising in adoption, in Oxfordshire Children's Department and have continued to be involved with domestic adoption, serving as an independent member on Newcastle's Adoption Panel 2010-2019

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 


PhD. University of Newcastle, 1977

Diploma in Public & Social Administration, Oxford University, 1965
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 1998-2013

Future Research

Comparison of adoption policy in the USA and the UK.
Intercountry Adoption from African countries.

Lessons from International Adoption for Cross-border Surrogacy.


Undergraduate Teaching

For many years I taught undergraduate  courses in Social Policy and Population Studies and for five years after retirement I continued to teach a 3rd year honours module, Adoption: a Worldwide Perspective.