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

15 December 2015
In aging, one size does not fit all

New IIASA research provides a suite of measurements that could replace conventional measures of age, supporting smarter policies for retirement and health care.  More


Upcoming event


11 Feb 2016 - 15 Feb 2016
Making connections at the AAAS Conference

An IIASA delegation will attend the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference in Washington ... More


Latest publication

Striessnig E (2016)

Demographic metabolism at work

Demography, Article in press [2015] More


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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