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Michaela Potancokova

Research Scholar

Multidimensional Demographic Modeling Research Group

Population and Just Societies


Michaela Potancokova is a demographer with research interests in multidimensional demography and population projections. She first joined the former IIASA World Population Program as a research scholar in June 2012 and returned to the institute as a research scholar in the Multidimensional Demographic Modeling Research Group of the IIASA Population and Just Societies Program in January 2020, after having worked for three years at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy. Her current research focuses on migration, global human capital, and population change, as well as religious demography. She has worked on numerous research projects, including with the Pew Research Centre's Forum on Religion and Public Life in Washington, DC, and Horizon Europe projects exploring the demographic and labor force impacts of migration, QuantMig and PREMIUM_EU.

Potancokova earned her PhD from Charles University in Prague in the Czech Republic in 2009. During her doctoral studies, she took part in the 2004/2005 Winter Semester Program at the International Max Planck Research School for Demography in Rostock, Germany, and in 2005 she received an RTN stipend at the Population Research Centre at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Prior to joining IIASA she worked as a demographer in the Demographic Research Centre in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Last update: 20 MAR 2023


Speringer, M., Goujon, A. , K.C., S., Potančoková, M. , Reiter, C. , Jurasszovich, S., & Eder, J. (2019). Global Reconstruction of Educational Attainment, 1950 to 2015: Methodology and Assessment. Vienna Institute of Demography , Vienna, Austria.

Potančoková, M. , Jurasszovich, S., & Goujon, A. (2018). Consequences of International Migration on the Size and Composition of Religious Groups in Austria. Journal of International Migration and Integration 19 (4) 905-924. 10.1007/s12134-018-0575-z.

McClendon, D., Hackett, C., Potančoková, M. , Stonawski, M., & Skirbekk, V. (2018). Women's Education in the Muslim World. Population and Development Review 44 (2) 311-342. 10.1111/padr.12142.