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

08 May 2017
Spatial projections of age-structured populations

IIASA researcher Erich Striessnig receives Fulbright-Botstiber Visiting Professorship at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado to study the sociodemographic characteristics of climate change.  More


Upcoming event


08 Jun 2017 - 11 Jun 2017
East meets west: Innovation and discovery

World Population Program Deputy Director Sergei Scherbov will present latest IIASA research at the Third Asian Conferenc... More


Latest publication

Muttarak R (2017). Potential Implications of China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ Strategies on Chinese International Migration. Vienna Institute of Demography, Austrian Academy of Sciences VID Working Paper 5/2017


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


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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