Michaela Kreyenfeld

Research Group: Life Course, Social Policy, and the Family

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Michaela Kreyenfeld is Head of the Research Group "Life Course, Social Policy, and the Family" at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock. In 2002, she received her PhD in Sociology at Rostock University. Between 2005 and 2012, she has been a Junior Professor of Demography at Rostock University. She was a visiting scholar at Stockholm University, the Center for Policy Research at Syracuse University (CPR), the European Centre for Analysis in the Social Sciences (ECASS) and the department of Social Policy and Social Work at York University.  Kreyenfeld is of the editorial board of the Journal of Family Research and of Comparative Population Studies. Since May 2015 she's a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs,  Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.

New Publication

Ein Leben ohne Kinder (life without children, only in german) - Ausmaß, Strukturen und Ursachen von Kinderlosigkeit, Konietzka, Dirk; Kreyenfeld, Michaela (Hrsg.), 2., überarb. u. erw. Aufl., 2. Aufl. 2013, XI, 397 S., 40 Abb. ISBN 978-3-531-18355-8

Life without children - In this interview Michaela Kreynefeld talks about the factual reliability of official statistics and does away with the misassumption that it is above all female academics who opt not to have children. (September 24, 2013)


  • Shifts in the Fertility-Development Nexus at the Macro and Micro Level Project details

MPIDR Publications (selected)

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Andersson, G.; Kreyenfeld, M. R.; Mika, T.:
Journal of Population Research 31:4, 287-316 (2014).
Kreyenfeld, M. R.; Andersson, G.:
Advances in Life Course Research 21, 59-73 (2014).
Goldstein, J. R.; Kreyenfeld, M. R.; Jasilioniene, A.; Karaman Örsal, D. D.:
Demographic Research 29:4, 85-104 (2013).
Niephaus, Y.; Kreyenfeld, M. R.; Sackmann, R.:
Wiesbaden: Springer VS (2016).