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Dr. Nikola Sander

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  • 1993 – 1999: Studies in Geography, Rechtswissenschaft und Geographischen Informationssysteme, Universities Regensburg, Tübingen and Adelaide
  • 2005: Diplom in Geography (Master’s equivalent; graduated with distinction), Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany
  • 2007: Young Scientists Summer Program, World Population Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria
  • 2008: International Max Planck Research School for Demography, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Germany
  • 2010: Promotion (PhD) in Humangeografie [Dr. of Human Geography], University of Queensland, Australia
    Doctoral Thesis: “Retirement Migration of the Baby Boomers in Australia: Beach, Bush or Busted?”, Advisor: Prof. Martin Bell

Professional Background

  • 2004 – 2005: Research Assistant, School of Environmental and Applied Sciences, Griffith University, Australia, conducting case studies on amenity migration in inland Australia
  • 2006 – 2007: Research Assistant, School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, The University of Queensland, Australia, working for the Queensland Centre for Population Research
  • 2010: Associate Research Scholar, World Population Program, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria
  • 2010 – 2016: Research Scholar, Vienna Institute of Demography, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria
  • 2011 – 2016: Research Team Leader ’Migration & Education’, Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital, Austria
  • 2016 – 2017: Assistant Professor of Population Geography, Population Research Centre, Department of Demography, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
  • Since September 2017: Research Director for Migration and Mobility, Federal Institute for Population Research (BiB), Wiesbaden, Germany

Consulting Experience

  • Since 2016: Member of the International Advisory Board “Comparative Population Studies – Zeitschrift für Bevölkerungswissenschaft” (CPoS)
  • Since 2015: Member of the International Advisory Board “Population, Space & Place” (Wiley)
  • 2014: Member of the Jury for the Dissertation Price, Austrian Integration Fund
  • Since 2013: Member of the Steering Committee and Secretary, Commission on Population Geography, International Geographical Union

Memberships and Activities in Scientific Associations

  • Since 2008: Member of the European Association for Population Studies (EAPS)
  • Since 2009: Member of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP)
  • Since 2011: Member of the International Geographical Union
  • Since 2011: Member of the Population Association of America (PAA)
  • Since 2015: Member of the Asian Population Association

Reviewing Activities

  • Scientific Journals: Comparative Population Studies; Demographic Research; European Journal of Population; Geoforum; International Migration Review; Journal of Population Research; Journal of the Royal Society; PLOS One; Population and Environment; Population, Space & Place; Science; Urban Geography
  • Granting Bodies: Agence Nationale de la Recherche, France; National Science Centre, Poland

Consulting Experience

  • 2011: European Commission, during a discussion round on the scientific analysis of migration and global environmental change, hosted by the European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
  • 2014: World Bank, at the workshop on "Modelling Migration in Population Projections" hosted at the United Nations in New York, USA
  • 2016: German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, discussion round on "Migration, Integration and Development" in Berlin, Germany
  • 2016 – 2017: Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), at the workshop "What Future for International Migration and Human Mobility?", organised by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland

Scholarships, Grants and Awards

  • 2014 – 2016: Coordinator of the case study on student mobility in Austria. Economic and Social Research Council, Great Britain (PI Prof. Allan Findlay)
  • 2010 – 2014: Modelling international migration in global population projections. ERC Advanced Grant "Forecasting Societies` Adaptive Capacities to Climate Change" (PI Prof. Wolfgang Lutz)
  • 2007 – 2010: Prospects for later-life migration in urban Europe. European Commission Grant "Peri-urban Land Use Relationships: Strategies & Sustainability Assessment Tools for Urban-Rural Linkages (PLUREL)" (PI Prof. Vegard Skirbeck)
  • 2006 – 2010: Retirement migration in Australia. Australian Research Council Discovery Grant "Understanding the Structure of Internal Migration in Australia" (PI Prof. Martin Bell)
  • 2006 – 2010: Promotionsstipendium "UQ International Scholarship (UQI)" of the University of Queensland, Australia
  • 2003: Baden-Württemberg Exchange Program Award, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

Selected Publications

  • Sander, Nikola (2017): Germany: Internal Migration Within a Changing Nation. In: T. Cooke, A. Champion & I. Shuttleworth (Eds.): Internal Migration in the Developed World: Are We Becoming Less Mobile? Ashgate
  • Prazeres, L.; Findlay, A.; McCollum, D.; Sander, N.; Musil, E.; Krisjane, Z; Apsite-Berina, E. (2017): Distinctive and comparative places: Alternative narratives of distinction within international student mobility, Geoforum, 80: 114-22
  • Sander, Nikola; Charles-Edwards, Elin (2017): Internal and International Migration. In: J. May & H. Groth (Eds.): Africa’s Population: In Search of a Demographic Dividend, Springer, S. 333-349
  • Sander, Nikola; Bell, Martin (2016): Age, Period and Cohort Effects on Migration of the Baby Boomers in Australia. In: Population, Space & Place, 22(6): 617–630
  • Abel, Guy; Sander, Nikola (2014): Quantifying Global International Migration Flows. In: Science, 343 (6178): 1520-1522

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