November 18, 2021 | News | Welcome to the MPIDR

Athina Anastasiadou is a new PhD-Student at the Laboratory of Digital and Computational Demography


Coming from the Vienna University of Economics and Business, Athina Anastasiadou is a new PhD-Student in the Laboratory of Digital and Computational Demography. She wants to find out why women and children decide to migrate.

What question drives you most in your research?

The numbers of children migrating without their parents have risen lately. At the same time, we observe that women engage more in migratory movements around the globe. But the quantitative research on this topic is still limited. So, the questions that drive my research are, what the determinants of the decision of women and children to migrate are and how their outcomes differ from those of men.

What are you particularly looking forward to as you start working at MPIDR?

First, after almost two years of home office and online education, I am really looking forward to something as ordinary as an office. In terms of research, I am very excited about learning how to use non-traditional data sources and benefit from the experience and knowledge of the researchers at the Institute. Moreover, I am looking forward to an inspiring working environment and collaborations with other PhD students.

What do you like most about Rostock?

I really like the vibe of the city. It’s small but still lively and cozy and what I like the most right now are runs along the Warnow river. So far, I have not managed to visit the seaside but will do so soon.

What are you obsessed with at the moment besides demography?

At the moment, I am obsessed with Ebay-Kleinanzeigen and with furnishing my flat. But soon I hopefully go back to learning songs on my e-piano and to learning some Spanish.

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.