Frans Willekens

Senior Research Scientist
Max-Planck-Institut für Demografische Forschung


Frans Willekens

Frans Willekens is Senior Research Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock. He is Emeritus Professor of Population Studies, University of Groningen and Honorary Fellow at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) in The Hague. He is a member of Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). His main research interest is life course modelling and simulation. Simulations result in synthetic life histories and virtual populations that are accurate representations of real populations. Frans Willekens studied agricultural engineering and economics at the University of Leuven and holds a PhD in Urban Systems Engineering and Policy Planning from the Technological Institute, Northwestern University, USA. He was Deputy Director of NIDI from 1980 to 1993, Professor of Demography at the University of Groningen from 1989 to 2003 and Director of NIDI from 2003 to 2011. In April 2013 he joins the MPIDR in Rostock. His research will focus on modelling and simulation of international migration.

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