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 February 2017
Young talent prize for Daniela Weber

IIASA researcher Daniela Weber has received the Allianz Young Talent Prize from Deutsche Gesellschaft für Demographie (DGD), the third award honoring her work on the international perspective on aging and cognitive decline.  More


Upcoming event


23 Feb 2017
Demographic challenges in Africa

IIASA researchers Anne Goujon and Bilal Barakat will discuss demographic scenarios for Africa, and the link between deve... More


Latest publication

Flatø M, Muttarak R, & Pelser A (2017). Women, Weather, and Woes: The Triangular Dynamics of Female-Headed Households, Economic Vulnerability, and Climate Variability in South Africa. World Development 90: 41-62. DOI:10.1016/j.worlddev.2016.08.015.


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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Wolfgang Lutz

Program Director

World Population

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Katja Scherbov

Administrative Assistant: Research Group

World Population

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