Directors Emeritus

James W. Vaupel © MPIDR, Photo: Bernd Hagedorn

James W. Vaupel was appointed Founding Director of the MPIDR, Rostock, in 1996. As director, he determined the Institutes’ scientific orientation in the decades to come, thus shaping demographic research in Germany and internationally and taking the Institute to become the largest independent demographic research center in Germany by far. Between January 2018 and December 2019 Vaupel was Director Emeritus at the MPIDR.  In February 2018, Emilio Zagheni took over co-leadership of the Institute. James W. Vaupel now researches and teaches at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense. James W. Vaupel passed away March 27th, 2022.


Jan M. Hoem was Director of the MPIDR and Head of the Laboratory “Contemporary European Fertility and Family Dynamics” from 1999 until his retirement in 2007, when he was conferred emeritus status. Previous to his position in Rostock he was Professor of Demometry at the University of Stockholm. His research focused on methods of event-history analysis and the impact of welfare policy on fertility. After retirement, he continued to be engaged in research activities as Professor Emeritus at the University of Stockholm. Jan M. Hoem passed away February 25th, 2017.

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Joshua R. Goldstein was Director of the MPIDR and Head of the Laboratories Economic and Social Demographic, and Historical Demography. His research focused on family demography, fertility, marriage behavior, aging, and demographic forecasting. Previous to his position at the MPIDR he was engaged in research at Princeton University. In August 2013 he took up a Professorship at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is also chairing the Department of Demography.

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