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 May 2018
Call for applications: Hands-on workshop on demographic analysis with applications to aging societies

From 19 - 30 Nov, Sergei Scherbov will lead a workshop for junior scientists and early-to mid-career professionals at Chulalongkorn University. Application deadline: 6 July 2018.  More


Upcoming event


23 May 2018 - 24 May 2018
Projecting elderly populations in ageing society

Dalkhat Ediev was invited to give a two days lecture about the methods and issues of measuring population aging at the I... More


Latest publication

Guilmoto CZ, Saikia N, Tamrakar V, & Bora JK (2018). Excess under-5 female mortality across India: a spatial analysis using 2011 census data. Lancet Global Health 6: 650-658. DOI:10.1016/S2214-109X(18)30184-0.


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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