October 08, 2021 | News | Welcome to the MPIDR

Philipp Dierker is a new PhD-student in the Laboratory of Population Health

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Coming from the University of Bielefeld, where he obtained his Master in Sociology, Philipp Dierker is a new PhD-student in the Laboratory of Population Health. He wants to find out how certain dynamics and structures within families affect the physical and mental health of both children and parents. In his free time he plays the guitar and likes to go to concerts.

What question drives you most in your research?

I want to investigate how certain dynamics and structures within families affect the physical and mental health of both children and parents, and how these effects differ depending on economic and cultural resources of the family. I consider these questions important because they address the interplay of within- and between-family effects.

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

I am particularly looking forward to learning from the other researchers and thereby broadening my knowledge in both empirical research methods and analytical thinking.

What do you like most about Rostock?

The proximity to the Baltic sea is a very nice aspect of Rostock, but I also like the city center. Besides, the view from the office is amazing!

What are you obsessed with at the moment besides demography?

During the Corona lockdown, I started running regularly and kept it up. I also enjoy playing the guitar and look forward to attending concerts again.

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.