Diego Alburez-Gutierrez (PhD in Demography, London School of Economics 2019) is a Guatemalan social scientist based in Germany with a particular interest in inter-generational dynamics and kinship processes. His current focus is the effect of changing demographic regimes on the exposure to mortality and the availability of family resources over the life-course of individuals. Diego's work revolves around the persisting demographic inequalities between the Global North and South and within particular countries. His PhD thesis focused on an extreme case: the demographic consequences of genocide for an indigenous population in Guatemala. His later work uses mathematical modeling, micro-simulation techniques, and empirical analysis to highlight how the experience of life events, such as the death of offspring, vary around the world and how this is expected to change in the future.
2019 Otto Hahn Medal from the Max Planck Society