Pau Baizán

Pau Baizán

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Social & Behavioural Sciences

Pau Baizán is ICREA Research Professor at Pompeu Fabra University, where he teaches demography. Previously, he was research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (2000-2002), doctoral student and teaching assistant at the University of Louvain (1996-1999), where he obtained his PhD in Demography, and research associate at the University of Cambridge (1994-1995).

Research interests

My research focuses in two main areas: a) the study of the trends and patterns of family formation dynamics and, b) the changing patterns and determinants of migration. I explore several theoretical perspectives to explain the observed behaviour and apply quantitative techniques to disentangle the relationships between processes. For instance, I investigate questions such as “To what extent do employment insecurity and de-standarisation of work patterns affect the likelihood to enter a partnership and to have a child?”, “How does this impact vary across countries, regions and different welfare state regimes?”, “What is the impact of changing gender roles on fertility behaviour?”, “What are the causes of African migration?”, “How migration influences family behaviour?”.

Selected research activities


  • Appointed member of the International Advisory Board of  NCCR – on the move, a center of excellence in the field of migration and mobility studies, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation  (

Research Grants

  • Socio-Demographic Consequences of the Great Recession: Altered Class and Gender Relations? (RECECON), Spanish Ministry of Economy, CSO2016-80484-R. (€ 91,960). PI: Pau Baizan and Clara Cortina.

Invited talks and conference presentations (selection)

  • ‘Proposals to improve our research community around migration and mobility data’. Neuchâtel Graduate Conference “Innovative Approaches to Migration and Mobility Studies, 12-13 September 2019, University of Neuchâtel.
  • “Welfare regime patterns in the social class-fertility relationship: second births in Austria, France, Norway, and United Kingdom”, International Sociological Association, Social Stratification RC28 Spring Meeting 2019, 21-23 March, Frankfurt.
  • with Kraus E., “The Role of Migrant Networks. A Comparison of Senegalese Migration to Europe (MAFE) and Mexican Migration to the US (MMP)”, 16th IMISCOE Annual Conference on “Conceptual and Methodological Approaches”, June 26-28, 2019, Malmö University, Sweden.

Supervision of PHD students. 

  • Nie Wanli, “The Interrelationship Between Migration and Family Behaviours: International Migration within China and International Migration from China to the U.S.


  • Demographic Changes and Social Dynamics” and “Migration and Society“. Master in Sociology and Demography, UPF.