Marcus Immonen Hagley. Photo: L Zoubir/SU
Marcus Immonen Hagley. Photo: L Zoubir/SU

What are you doing now?

I am currently a second year PhD researcher at the European University Institute. 

How did you get to where you are today?

I got my master's degree in demography from the Department of Sociology at Stockholm University. Then I went to the European Doctoral School of Demography (EDSD) and ended up at the European University Institute. My master's degree from Stockholm University and the EDSD gave me a solid foundation to pursue doctoral research. 

How have you benefitted from your studies in demography in your working life?

As a researcher, my background in demography is fundamental to my current career. Firstly, demographic studies gave me a solid methodological background, as data is the demographers best friend. Secondly, demography in its nature is an interdisciplinary field where you get exposed to various theories from multiple fields. Knowledge of multiple perspectives is essential because you can see a phenomenon using various angles, which helps me to have a deeper understanding of the phenomena.