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I'm an experienced population scientist, passionate communicator, creative thinker and inspiring leader. I'm currently based in Wiesbaden, Germany, where I lead the research division on migration and mobility at the Federal Institute for Population Research.

I have a background in the scientific study of population geography, with a focus on internal and international migration. In my current job, I combine scientific insight with my interest in data visualisation and communication to give evidence-based policy advice, and to inform the general public about demographic change and migration. I enjoy to lead an interdisciplinary team, and I pay special attention to supporting women in their career development. Being a creative thinker, I like to perceive the world in new ways, and to look beyond the obvious in solving problems and generating new ideas.

I grew up in Germany, studied geography in Regensburg and Tuebingen, and completed my PhD in population geography at the University of Queensland, Australia in 2010. I moved from Australia to Austria, where I worked as a research scientist on international migration and population projections at the Vienna Institute of Demography until 2016. My next stop was the Netherlands, where I held a position as Assistant Professor in Population Geography at the University of Groningen. In 2017, I returned to Germany to take on a position as Research Director at the Federal Institute for Population Research (BiB).

My strengths and experiences

  • Research management
  • Strategic planning
  • Team leadership
  • Quality assurance
  • Creative problem solving
  • Policy advice
  • Science communication
  • Data visualisation

My research foci

  • Population geography
  • Internal migration
  • International migration
  • Demographic change
  • Population projections
  • Regional population change

Selected research & visualisation projects