February 07, 2020 | News | Welcome to the MPIDR

Nicholas Campisi is a new PhD-student at the Fertility and Well-being Lab

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Coming from the University of St Andrews, with a Master’s degree in Applied Demography from Florida State University, Nicholas Campisi is a new PhD-student in the Fertility and Well-being Laboratory. He wants to develop models for small scale individual data on fertility.

What question drives you most in your research?

The question that drives me most at the moment is how space influences the fertility of individuals. I want to investigate how proximity to other individuals or their belonging to a political region influences the individual’s decision on offspring.

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

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research is such a collection of demographers. There are very few places in the world with such an overflow of demographic ideas. Being part of this place is exiting.

What do you like most about Rostock?

I arrived in Rostock one week ago and I really like the river and being so close to the ocean. There are also many activities going on, you can go to the cinema or the theater almost every day.

What are you obsessed with at the moment besides demography?

I have been running a lot. I like to run to relax and feel the freedom.

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.