Maria Winkler-Dworak

Research Group: Economic Demography

Phone: +43 1 51581 - 7709

E-Mail: maria.winkler-dworak(at)


Maria Winkler-Dworak joined the Vienna Institute of Demography in 1999. She also was lecturing population economics at the University of Bamberg (2007) and demographic methods at the University of Vienna (2008-2016). Since 2017, she has been Managing Editor of the Vienna Yearbook of Population Research.

Maria Winkler-Dworak received her doctorate in mathematics at the Vienna University of Technology in 2002 with her dissertation on the nexus of population growth, food insecurity and environmental degradation in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her current research interests include various aspects of fertility, cohabitation, and marriage; recently, with a particular focus on the modelling and simulation of family life courses. Besides her work on family change, she also has published on the ageing and longevity of members of European learned societies.


Areas of Expertise

  • Union Instability & Fertility
  • Mortality of Elite Groups
  • Microsimulation

Selected Publications

Simulatingfamily life courses: An application for Italy, Great Britain, Norway and Sweden
Author(s): Winkler-Dworak M, Beaujouan É, Di Giulio P and Spielauer M
Reference: Demographic Research 44(1): 1–48.
Year: 2021

Contribution of the Rise in Cohabiting Parenthood to Family Instability: Cohort Change in Italy, Great Britain, and Scandinavia
Author(s): Thomson E, Winkler-Dworak M, Beaujouan É
Reference: Demography 56: 2063–2082.
Year: 2019

Education and the family life course
Author(s): Thomson E, Winkler-Dworak M, Kennedy S
Reference: Pages 35-52 in Evans A and Baxter J (eds.), Negotiating the Life Course. Life Course Research and Social Policies 1, Dordrecht: Springer
Year: 2012

The longevity of academicians: Evidence from the Saxonian Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Leipzig
Author(s): Winkler-Dworak M, Kaden H
Reference: Vienna Yearbook of Population Research 2013, Vol. 11:185-204
Year: 2014