About me

Hi! I am a Research Scientist and Research Area Chair (Aging and Generational Processes) at the Laboratory of Digital and Computational Demography of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR). I do basic demography with a particular focus on kinship processes in an inter-generational perspective. My research focuses on how changing demographic regimes affect, among other things, the exposure to mortality and availability of family resources over the life-course of people. For this, I combine mathematical modeling, micro-simulation techniques, and empirical data from genealogical sources.

I am mainly motivated by the persisting demographic inequalities between the Global North and South and within particular countries. My PhD thesis focused on an extreme case: the demographic consequences of genocide for an indigenous population in Guatemala. My later work has expanded this line of work to highlight how the experience of life events, such as the death of an offspring, vary around the world and how this will change in the future. You can follow me on Twitter and Google Scholar.

Check out my latest publications!

Alburez-Gutierrez, D., Mason, C., and Zagheni, E. (2021). The ‘Sandwich Generation’ Revisited: Global Demographic Drivers of Care Time Demands. Population and Development Review. Advanced Publication. DOI:padr.12436.

Alburez-Gutierrez, D., Kolk, M. and Zagheni E. (2021). Women’s experience of child death: A global demographic perspective. Demography. Advanced Publication. DOI:10.1215/00703370-9420770.

Or watch a short video-publication of my work on the demography of genocide