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.
Since the early days of IIASA, the World Population Program (POP) has conducted research into both the determinants and consequences of population trends at the global, regional, national and sub-national levels.
While POP has a firm foundation in formal demography, its research has greatly benefited from the interdisciplinary setting at IIASA, which has been a constant stimulus to look beyond demographic boundaries at "the whole picture" relating to human population.
Interdisciplinary working allows researchers not only to look at the effect of a number of alternative future population trends but also how changes in society, economy, and the natural environment influence the health and mortality, migratory patterns, and reproductive behavior of human society.
Since 2011 POP is part of the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital, a collaboration between IIASA, the Vienna Institute of Demography (VID) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). By bringing together the strengths of all three pillars, the Wittgenstein Centre is a world leader in expanding demographic methods in order to be more relevant for the analysis of contemporary global challenges.
Population aging at cross-roads: diverging secular trends in average cognitive functioning and physical health in the older population of Germany
PLoS ONE, 10(8):e0136583 [August 2015] More
Social participation and disaster risk reduction behaviors in tsunami prone areas
PLoS ONE, 10(7):e0130862 (8 July 2015) More
Faster increases in human life expectancy could lead to slower population aging
PLoS ONE, 10(4):e0121922 (April 2015) More
Universal education is key to enhanced climate adaptation
Science, 346(6213):1061-1062 (28 November 2014) More
World Population & Human Capital in the Twenty-first Century
Oxford University Press, UK (October 2014) More
The changing face of cognitive gender differences in Europe
PNAS, 111(32):11673-11678 (12 August 2014) (Published online 28 July 2014) More
Measuring the speed of aging across population subgroups
PLoS ONE, 9(5):e96289 (7 May 2014) More
Last edited: 02 September 2015
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