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.

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01 March 2017
Climate research needs greater focus on human populations

How climate change will affect future populations will depend to a great extent on people’s capacity to adapt to changing conditions. Such characteristics can be forecast in the long term, using well-established demographic methods, say IIASA researchers.  More


Upcoming event


31 Mar 2017
Health, demography and climate change

This press talk will present a new report about the research on the interconnection of health, demography and climate ch... More


Latest publication

Sanderson W & Scherbov S (2017). Gender Inequality in Survival at Older Ages. IIASA Working Paper. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: WP-17-002


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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