Research Group Leader

Nicole Hiekel

Research Group: Gender Inequalities and Fertility

Nicole Hiekel leads the Independent Research Group on Gender Inequalities and Fertility at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock, Germany. Nicole received her PhD in Sociology (2014) from VU University Amsterdam with her dissertation, entitled "The different meanings of cohabitation across Europe". She conducted this research at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) in The Hague.

Nicole is an internationally recognized scholar studying, at the intersection of sociology and demography, the interaction of social and gender inequalities with demographic processes in partnership and family life courses. Her research has been published in Demography, European Journal of Population, Population Studies, European Sociological Review and Journal of Marriage and Family.

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The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock is one of the leading demographic research centers in the world. It's part of the Max Planck Society, the internationally renowned German research society.