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Miguel González-Leonardo

Guest Research Scholar

Multidimensional Demographic Modeling Research Group

Population and Just Societies Program


Miguel González-Leonardo is a guest research scholar in the Multidimensional Demographic Modeling Research Group of the IIASA Population and Just Societies Program. He is also an assistant professor at the Center for Demographic, Urban, and Environmental Studies at El Colegio de México, as well as honorary research fellow at the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Liverpool, UK. In addition, he serves as social media editor for the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A, and holds associate editor positions at the Journal of Regional Research, AGER, Journal of Demographic and Urban Studies and PLoS ONE. In 2023, he took up the role of a guest editor in Population, Space and Place. He is also the project leader of the United Nations project, Long-short term memory models to project population at intra-urban level using the Mexico City Metropolitan Area as a case study.

His research focuses on human mobility patterns, internal and international migration, and population change at the subnational level and has been published in high-ranked international journals, such as Population, Space and Place, the Journal of Rural Studies, Population Studies, Demographic Research, Geographical Analysis, Humanities and Social Sciences Communications or Regional Studies, Regional Science. He received the Best PhD dissertation Award from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the Ramón Cuadrado Young Research Award from the Spanish Regional Science Association in 2022, and the Roser Majoral Moliné Best Paper Award from the Spanish Geographical Association and the Top Cited Article Award from the journal Population, Space and Place in 2023.

Prior to his current position at IIASA, González-Leonardo worked as a research scholar in the IIASA Population and Just Societies Program, and carried out research stays at the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, Chile, in the Laboratory of Digital and Computational Demography of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Germany, and in the Geographic Data Science Lab of the University of Liverpool, UK. He has been involved in several research, development, and innovation projects including the European projects Quantifying Migration Scenarios for Better Policy and Future Migration Scenarios for Europe.

He holds a PhD in Demography (Cum Laude) and a master’s degree in Regional and Population Studies from the Centre for Demographic Studies and the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Valladolid, Spain. In 2019 to 2020, he participated in the European Doctoral School of Demography (EDSD).

Last update: 12 MAR 2024