Overview 2022

Research by our PhD Students

The photo was taken at the 3rd PHDS Academy in December 2021. Not only MPIDR PhD Students take part in it. © MPIDR

At the moment, 26 students are working on their theses at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR). Their doctoral degrees will be awarded by a partner university. Their research topics are broad and cover many areas of demography – from migration to fertility to health.


Two questions PhD Students at the MPIDR are working on are the following: How can social media data be used to answer questions about migration and are there other useful data sources to do demographic research on migration?


What factors influence how many children women have and at which point in life they have them?


An international team of researchers including a MPIDR PhD Student, suggest to use the stratification index to analyze mortality inequalities between groups. 


PhD Students analyze how testosterone levels or lifestyle choices influence health or mental health.


Since 2021, five PhD Students associated with the MPIDR obtained their doctorates. Their research areas were in mortality, fertility and population health.

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.