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

18 April 2018
New book looks at the future of population and migration

A new book from IIASA and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) examines potential future scenarios on population trends across the world, taking into account migration, fertility, mortality, education, and labor force participation.  More


Upcoming event


26 Apr 2018 - 28 Apr 2018
IIASA at the PAA Annual Meeting 2018

IIASA's World Population Program is presenting new demographic research at the Population Association of America Annual ... More


Latest publication

Jakobsson N, Muttarak R, & Schoyen MA (2018). Dividing the pie in the eco-social state: Exploring the relationship between public support for environmental and welfare policies. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space 36 (2): 313-339. DOI:10.1177/2399654417711448.


Research projects

Ageing Trajectories of Health: Opportunities and Synergies


Forecasting Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change

Human Capital and Economic Performance

IIASA-JRC Centre of Expertise on Population and Migration

Population Dynamics and Global Human Capital

The Demography of Sustainable Human Wellbeing


Reassessing Aging from a Population Perspective






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CONTACT DETAILS

Wolfgang Lutz

Program Director

World Population

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CONTACT DETAILS

Katja Scherbov

Administrative Assistant: Research Group

World Population

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