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Haohao Lei

DPhil in Sociology

Haohao is a DPhil student in Sociology, with a keen interest in demography and population science. He is passionate about the study of human behaviors, especially how individuals act and interact with one another. His DPhil thesis explores the expansion of education in the US, alongside trends of stagnating/declining life expectancy and disparities in chronic pain. Beyond his thesis, he engages in side projects investigating the relationship between gender equity and fertility rates in Europe, employing agent-based modeling.

His academic pursuits broadly cover social demography, social stratification, social epidemiology, analytical sociology, causal inference, propensity score analysis, applied machine learning, and agent-based modeling.

Haohao earned an MPhil in Sociology and Demography with Distinction from the University of Oxford and a BSc in Social Sciences with Quantitative Methods, achieving First Class Honours, from University College London. He is presently associated with the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research as a doctoral student and serves as a research assistant at the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science and the Demographic Science Unit at Oxford Population Health.

His research is generously supported by the Clarendon Fund, Nuffield College, and the Max Planck Society.

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