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January 23, 2024 | News | Award

“As researchers we have to reach out to the public”

Peter Weissenburger

Diego Alburez-Gutierrez wins the European Demographer Award – a special honor for the scientist who leads the Research Group Kinship Inequalities at the Max-Planck-Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR). In an exclusive interview, Diego talks about what drives his research, what we can learn about violence and war, and what families will look like in the future. more

January 19, 2024 | News | Awards

Two Awards for Xinyi Zhao


Xinyi Zhao won two awards in December: the Jan M. Hoem Paper Award and the Best Poster Award at the fifth IMPRS-PHDS Annual Academy. more

January 16, 2024 | News | New faces at MPIDR

Welcome, Mariia Vasiakina!


The Research Group Labor Demography is happy to welcome Mariia Vasiakina as a new team member. Mariia attained her PhD from the University of Insubria (Italy). Her major is related to the methods and models for economic decisions. Mariia’s research interests overlap the areas of health and labour economics along with various sociological and demographic topics. Mariia is award holder of the Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowship Program funded by the European Commission. more

January 11, 2024 | News | DeFo-Article

Unequal Distribution

Here is your chance to read our article from the newsletter "Demografische Forschung aus Erster Hand" ("Demographic Research First Hand") in English. 

Working life in Germany is getting longer – but not equally so for all population groups: Current pension and labor market policies aim to keep people in work for longer. But not everyone benefits equally from these regulations. more

January 08, 2024 | Press Release

Families Will Change Dramatically in the Years to Come

The number of relatives that an individual has is expected to decrease by more than 35 percent in the near future. At the same time, the structure of families will change. The number of cousins, nieces, nephews and grandchildren will decline sharply, while the number of great-grandparents and grandparents will increase significantly. In 1950, a 65-year-old woman had an average of 41 living relatives. By 2095, a woman of the same age will have an average of only 25 living relatives. more

December 15, 2023 | News | News

Season´s Greetings 2023

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) has had a year full of memories, new opportunities and new beginnings, as well as tried and tested constants. more

December 13, 2023 | Defo News

Women´s work

To find out why not all population groups benefit equally from measures that extend working life, how the type of employment contract affects the length of the commute and what causes the lower stability of inter-ethnic marriages, read the new issue of Demografischen Forschung Aus Erster Hand. more

December 07, 2023 | News | Award

Young Researcher Award for Emma Zai


Emma Zai from the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research received the AIES Young Researcher Award together with Yinan Liu (Renmin University of China) at the 28th AIES Annual Conference in Rome. more

November 29, 2023 | News | Spotlight

Number of Twitter Friends Increases After Migration

How are migrants’ social integration processes reflected in social media? Is it possible to detect the evolution of new social connections? Jisu Kim, a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, investigated these questions in a study with researchers from Saarland University, the World Bank, and Rutger University. Jisu Kim explains the research question, methodology and results in a short video. more

November 27, 2023 | News | New faces at MPIDR

Welcome, Julia Leesch!


The research group Gender Inequalities and Fertility welcomes Julia Leesch as a new team member. Julia holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Trinity College Dublin.  While working at MPIDR over the next two years, Julia plans to focus, among other things, on the impact of changes in the educational composition of partner markets on fertility outcomes. more


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