Rostock Demographic Seminar Series

‘Kinequality’: Studies at the Intersection of Demography, Kinship, and Inequality

Diego Alburez-Gutierrez
Hybrid Presentation, May 17, 2022

Diego Alburez-Gutierrez from the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) introduced the new Independent Research Group on Kinship Inequalities in this talk.


Kinship dynamics play a crucial role in structuring human societies and shaping individual lifecourses. Differences in kinship (among individuals and between groups) are an important component of these processes. In this talk, I will introduce the new Max Planck Research Group on Kinship Inequalities. I will outline promising areas of research that stand ‘at the intersection’ of demography, kinship, and socio-economic inequality. In short, I will argue that developing the sub-discipline of kinship demography can help advance the demographic discipline as a whole.

About the Speaker


Diego Alburez-Gutierrez (PhD in Demography, London School of Economics 2018) leads the Independent Research Group on Kinship Inequalities at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research. His work has focused on intergenerational family demography, using mathematical modelling, microsimulation techniques, and empirical analysis to explore changes in the experience of life events such as kin availability, kin loss, and caring responsibilities.

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.