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

24 August 2017
Moving frontiers in population forecasting and aging: Sergei Scherbov 65

The World Population Program has published a book to honor our distinguished colleague and long term IIASA researcher Sergei Scherbov on the occasion of his 65th birthday.  More


Upcoming event


01 Oct 2017 - 03 Oct 2017
World population, human capital and sustainable development

World Population Program Director Wolfgang Lutz is invited keynote speaker at the 14th Annual Meeting of Science and Tec... More


Latest publication

Feichtinger G, Fürnkranz-Prskawetz A, Seidl A, Simon C, & Wrzaczek S (2017). A bifurcation analysis of gender equality and fertility. Journal of Evolutionary Economics: 1-23. DOI:10.1007/s00191-017-0534-4. (In Press)


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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