Ross Barker


E-Mail: ross.barker(at)


Ross joined the “Family and Fertility” and the “Demography of Austria” research groups of the Vienna Institute of Demography as a Research Assistant in September 2020. Ross’ work at the Wittgenstein centre is aimed at understanding fertility decision-making. The uncertainty and volatility of fertility intentions is his theoretical focus, aiming to get closer to the reasons why individuals choose to have, or not have children.

His main research focus is data availability, and how new data sources could better explore our understanding of fertility, namely through web scraping and text analysis. Ross undertook a Master’s degree in Demography at the University of Southampton, where he specialised in spatial demography. Prior to his Master’s, he completed a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Leeds. Ross is now aiming to contribute to research through exploring new sources of data, and he aims to learn more about recent methods in computational social science.

Areas of Expertise

  • Digital demography
  • Fertility Intentions & Outcomes
  • Text analysis

Research Areas

Curriculum Vitae

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Affiliation: VID/ÖAW
E-Mail: ross.barker(at)
Phone: +43 1 51581 - 7756

The Wittgenstein Centre aspires to be a world leader in the advancement of demographic methods and their application to the analysis of human capital and population dynamics. In assessing the effects of these forces on long-term human well-being, we combine scientific excellence in a multidisciplinary context with relevance to a global audience. It is a collaboration among the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the University of Vienna.