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Michaela Potancokova

Senior Research Scholar

Multidimensional Demographic Modeling Research Group

Population and Just Societies Program


Michaela Potancokova is a demographer with research interests in multidimensional demography, population projections, and migration. 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 been leading work packages in several Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe projects, contributing expertise in demographic modeling and analysis. 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, PREMIUM_EU, and Link4Skills.

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: 06 FEB 2024


Bijak, J., de Vilhena, D.V., & Potančoková, M. (2023). White Paper on Migration Uncertainty: Towards Foresight and Preparedness. Population Europe , Berlin, Germany.

Lazzari, E., Potančoková, M. , Sobotka, T., Gray, E., & Chambers, G.M. (2023). Projecting the Contribution of Assisted Reproductive Technology to Completed Cohort Fertility. Population Research and Policy Review 42 (1) 10.1007/s11113-023-09765-3.

Potančoková, M. , Marois, G. , & Bijak, J. (2023). High-Migration Events and Future Labour Force in Europe. Brief No. 39. Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science on behalf of the collaborative network ‘Population Europe’ , Berlin, Germany.