Tomáš Sobotka

Research Group: Fertility and Family

Phone: +43 1 51581 - 7716

E-Mail: tomas.sobotka(at)

Tomas Sobotka leads the VID research group on Comparative European Demography.

He received his PhD in Demography from the Population Research Centre, University of Groningen (Netherlands) in 2004. In 2005–10 he was managing editor of the Vienna Yearbook of Population Research and in 2012–17 he was the principal investigator of the ERC-funded research project EURREP (Fertility and Reproduction in 21st Century Europe, ). In February 2017 he received the “Allianz European Demographer Award”. Currently he is a member of the European Association for Population Studies (EAPS) Council.

T. Sobotka studies a broad range of topics related to fertility and family changes, including childlessness, fertility measurement, fertility intentions and assisted reproduction, as well as migration and population trends in Europe. He has initiated the Cohort Fertility and Education (CFE) database ( ) and together with Joshua Goldstein and Vladimir Shkolnikov (MPIDR, Rostock) he has initiated the Human Fertility Database ( ).

Areas of Expertise

  • Fertility and Family Change in Low-fertility Settings
  • Fertility Measurement
  • Fertility Intentions & Ideals
  • Education and Fertility, Assisted Reproduction

Human Fertility Database:

Human Fertility Collection:

CFE (Cohort Fertility and Education)database:

European Fertility Data Sheet 2015:

European Demographic Data Sheet 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016:*

Birth Barometer / Geburtenbarometer Austria, Geburtenbarometer Vienna: