World Population Program: Research Overview & Aims

Population research at IIASA helps to address the challenges of global change by providing global population projections based on cutting-edge research with extensive global networking and science-policy dialog into the quantitative aspects of human population.

Wendell Phillips

Wendell Phillips

IIASA’s World Population Program (POP) addresses the human development dimension of global change. It comprehensively studies the changing size and composition of human populations around the world and analyzes both their impacts and vulnerabilities. Using methods of multi-dimensional population dynamics – developed at IIASA in the 1970s – POP focuses on the roles of human capital formation and global population ageing and on the interaction of these trends with the social, economic and natural environment.

As 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), POP is world leader in expanding demographic methods in order to be more relevant for the analysis of contemporary global challenges.

The IIASA component of this work is structured into the following projects:

Ageing Trajectories of Health: Longitudinal Opportunities and Synergies

This project aims to achieve a better understanding of ageing by identifying patterns of healthy ageing pathways or trajectories and their determinants, the critical points in time when changes in trajectories are produced, and to propose timely clinical and public health interventions. More

Forecasting Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change

This project is testing the basic hypothesis that societies can develop the most effective long-term defense against the dangers of climate change by strengthening human capacity - primarily through education. More

Human Capital and Economic Performance

By including educational attainment as demographic dimension in addition to age and sex, the message derived from the Demographic Dividend Model changes for describing the effect of demographic change on economic growth. More

IIASA-JRC Centre of Expertise on Population and Migration

The Centre of Expertise on Population and Migration is a new research partnership between IIASA's World Population Program and the European Commission's Joint Research Centre that provides science-based knowledge on migration and demography to support EU policy. More

Population Dynamics and Global Human Capital 

The Population and Human Capital project aims to more fully understand the dynamics of an improving educational composition of the population and to demonstrate the long-term implications of near-term investments in education. More

Reassessing Aging from a Population Perspective

The Reassessing Aging from a Population Perspective (Re-Aging) project will develop new approaches to the study of age and aging that are appropriate for 21st century conditions. More

Previous Research Projects

Age and Cohort Change

The central research theme of the Age and Cohort Change (ACC) project is the projection of social and economic change (skills, productivity, attitudes and beliefs) in all countries in the world over the coming decades.  More

Population and Climate Change

The Population and Climate Change (PCC) Program aims to improve integrated assessments of the climate change issue and develop new analyses within three related projects on emissions, uncertainty, and medium-term policy strategies. More



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Muttarak R (2017). Potential Implications of China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ Strategies on Chinese International Migration. Vienna Institute of Demography, Austrian Academy of Sciences VID Working Paper 5/2017

Muttarak R (2017). Demographic characteristics, including ethnic and religious affiliation and age composition, and vulnerability to natural hazards. In: Population-Environment Research Network Cyberseminar, “Culture, Beliefs and the Environment”, 15-19 May 2017. (In Press)

Yoo SH & Sobotka T (2017). Ultra-Low Fertility in Korea: The Role of Tempo Effect. IIASA Working Paper. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: WP-17-008

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