The Wittgenstein Centre

The  Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital, founded in 2011, aims to be a leader in the demographic analyses of human capital formation and its impact on society, the economy and the environment.


The Wittgenstein Centre is a collaboration between the World Population Proram at IIASA, the Vienna Institute of Demography (VID) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), and the Research Institute on Human Capital and Development at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU).

The Wittgenstein Centre was made possible by several European Research Council (ERC) Grants and the Wittgenstein Prize 2010. In addition to existing staff, over a dozen researchers have been recruited from all over the world.

Scientific advice and guidance is ensured by a scientific advisory board under the direction of Sir Partha Dasgupta (Professor of Economics, Cambridge University).


Founding Director of the Centre is Professor Wolfgang Lutz from IIASA, WU and the VID, he is also the recipient of the ERC Advanced Grant 2008 and Wittgenstein Prize 2010. 

Jesus Crespo (IIASA and WU) is Director of Economic Analysis, Sergei Scherbov (IIASA and ÖAW) Director of Demographic Analysis and Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz (IIASA, TU-Vienna and ÖAW) Director of Research Training. 

The Centre cooperates with an international team of post-doctoral and doctoral researchers.


With a focus on global population, and in cooperation with the University of Oxford, one of the Centre's first projects is to produce new science-based population projections for all countries of the world. For the first time, these projections will not only give the age and sex structures of populations but also labor force participation and health status. Such information is necessary to help establish priorities for social and economic policies at a national level and for global development and environmental policies. More information on the projections is available in the research section.

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Last edited: 30 January 2017


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World Population

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Wittgenstein Symposium, November 2011

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