Director; Head of the Laboratory of Digital and Computational Demography

Emilio Zagheni

Laboratory of Digital and Computational Demography

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Emilio Zagheni is a demographer who uses mathematical, statistical and computationally-intensive approaches to study the causes and consequences of population dynamics. He is best known for his pioneering work on using Web and social media data for studying migration processes and for his role in developing the field of Digital and Computational Demography.


Assessing Migration Patterns in Latin America by Combining Traditional and Digital Trace Data Sources Projects details
Combining Digital Trace Data and Representative Surveys to Predict Migration Rates Projects details
Demographic Change, Climate Change, and Energy Demand Projects details
Demographic Differential Uses of Social Media and Social Network Sites Projects details
Estimating and Projecting Offspring Mortality over the Life Course for all Countries of the World Projects details
Estimating Fertility Indicators Using Facebook Data Projects details
Estimating Migration and Mobility after Natural Disasters Projects details
Evaluating Immigrants’ Cultural Assimilation Using Digital Trace Data Projects details
Formal Demographic Approaches to the Study of Inequalities in Mortality and Kinship Resources Projects details
Integrated Modeling of International Migration Flows Using Multiple Data Sources Projects details
Intergenerational Transfers of Informal Care-Time across Contexts and Sociodemographic Characteristics Projects details
Linking Social Stratification and Geographic Mobility Through Geo-Referenced Data Collected via a Smartphone Application Projects details
Measuring Cultural Distance and Cultural Diffusion between Countries Using Digital Trace Data Projects details
Modeling and Analysis of Migration and Mobility among Scholars Projects details
Self-Regulation and Health Behavior: How People Can Successfully Change Their Actions and Live Healthier Projects details
Studying International Migration of High-Skilled Professionals Using Large-Scale Digital Trace Data Projects details
Studying the Interplay between Social Media Discourse and Refugee Segregation Projects details
Temporal Effects in Migration Measurement: Evidence from Geo-Referenced Digital Trace Data Projects details

MPIDR Publications

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Zagheni, E.; Weber, I.:
In: Proceedings of ACM WebSci 2012, June 22-24, 2012, Evanston, Illinois, USA, 497–506. New York, NY: ACM. (2012)
Zagheni, E.:
Population and Development Review 37:4, 761–783. (2011)
Alexander, M.; Polimis, K.; Zagheni, E.:
Population and Development Review 45:3, 617–630. (2019)
Iozzi, F.; Trusiano, F.; Chinazzi, M.; Billari, F. C.; Zagheni, E.; Merler, S.; Ajelli, M.; Del Fava, E.; Manfredi, P.:
PloS Computational Biology 6:12, e1001021–e1001021. (2010)

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