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

04 October 2016
Lower Austria Chamber of Labour Science Prize for Daniela Weber

For her dissertation on the international perspective on aging and cognitive decline, IIASA researcher Daniela Weber will receive the Lower Austria Chamber of Labour Science Prize.  More

Upcoming event

07 Nov 2016 - 18 Nov 2016
Demographic analysis with application to aging society

Sergei Scherbov is leading a workshop for junior scientists and early-to mid-career professionals at Chulalongkorn Unive... More

Latest publication

Chankrajang T and Muttarak R (2017) Green Returns to Education: Does Schooling Contribute to Pro-Environmental Behaviours? Evidence from Thailand. Ecological Economics, 131. pp. 434-448.

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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