World Population Program

Human population trends are a key factor in sustainable development. We study and project how the changing composition of population matters for social, economic and the environmental change and how human health and well-being are being affected. 

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Human population matters for sustainable development in two important ways. First, it is an agent of change, bringing about many of the environmental, economic, and social changes that continually challenge the sustainability of our current development paths. Second, the human population and its living conditions are the ultimate objects of development, with long-term human survival, health and well-being serving as criteria for judging whether or not development is sustainable.

Latest news

23 September 2016
New study assesses human capital of asylum seekers

Who are the refugees who fled to Austria in the fall of 2015? In a new study, researchers have assessed the skills, attitudes, and values of asylum seekers and refugees who arrived in Austria in summer and fall 2015.  More


Upcoming event


29 Sep 2016 - 30 Sep 2016
The link between climate, conflict and cross-border migration

World Population Program scientist Raya Muttarak will present latest IIASA research at this interdisciplinary conference... More


Latest publication

Barakat B (2016) Improving Adult Literacy Without Improving The Literacy of Adults? A Cross-National Cohort Analysis. World Development, 87. pp. 242-257.


Research projects


Ageing Trajectories of Health: Opportunities and Synergies


Forecasting Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change

Human Capital and Economic Performance

Population Dynamics and Global Human Capital

Reassessing Aging from a Population Perspective





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CONTACT DETAILS

Wolfgang Lutz

Program Director

World Population

T +43(0) 2236 807 294

CONTACT DETAILS

Katja Scherbov

Administrative Assistant: Research Group

World Population

T +43(0) 2236 807 280

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Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, VID/ÖAW, WU)

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