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

06 November 2017
Population aging

The latest Vienna Yearbook of Population Research looks into new measures of aging, building on research by Warren Sanderson and Sergei Scherbov developed at IIASA.  More


Upcoming event


20 Nov 2017 - 22 Nov 2017
Economic consequences of population aging and intergenerational equity

IIASA researcher Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz is organizing this conference to discuss the past and future of taxes and p... More


Latest publication

Sánchez-Romero M & Prskawetz A (2017). Redistributive effects of the US pension system among individuals with different life expectancy. The Journal of the Economics of Ageing 10: 51-74. DOI:10.1016/j.jeoa.2017.10.002.


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

T +43(0) 2236 807 280

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