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Florian Berndl Gasse 12

Vienna, 1220


Nationality: Austria


Membership Number :20630

Wolfgang Lutz

Director, World Population Program, IIASA / Director, Vienna Institute Of Demography (VID)/ Professor of Social and Economic Statistics, Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), Wittgenstein Centre

Field of study:

Specialization: Education and Schooling, Estimates and Projections, International Migration, Population and Development, Population and Environment, Theory

Highest Degree Level:

Doctorate (Ph.D, MD), Demography, University of Pennsylvania, 1983

Working languages:
  • - English
  • - German

Professional summary:

 Wolfgang Lutz is Founding Director of the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital, a cooperation between IIASA , Vienna Institute of Demography of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Vienna University of Economics and Business. He holds a PhD in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania.

He has widely published on international population trends with a special focus on population forecasting, population-development-environment interactions and introducing education as a standard demographic dimension in addition to age and sex. He has published over 250 scientific articles, including 11 in Science and Nature. His most recent book with OUP is entitled “World Population and Human Capital in the 21st Century. He has won prestigious awards and is member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Leopoldina, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), the Finnish Society for Sciences and Letters and the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS). 

Member since: 1984
Honorary positions:

2016- European Association for Population Studies (EAPS) Award for Population Studies for groundbreaking contributions to the study of population.
2016- Elected as Foreign Associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences
2016- Science Prize of the City of Vienna.
2016- Mindel Sheps Award of the Population Association of America (PAA) for outstanding contributions to demographic methodology.
2014- Elected to the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS).
2014 -Elected to the Finish Society of Sciences and Letters (Societas Scientiarum Fennica).
2013- Elected to the Leopoldina- German National Academy of Sciences as Full Member. Deputy member to the Senate of the Leopoldina since 2015.
2012-Elected to the Austrian Academy of Sciences as Full Member (Corresponding Member since 2008).
2009 -Mattei Dogan Award of the IUSSP (International Union for the Scientific Study of Population)

Research grants:

2012- European Research Council Proof of Concept (PoC) Grant “Demography-based market forecasting tools” (“FUTURE MARKETS”).
2010-Wittgenstein Award Laureate, the highest science prize in Austria, for outstanding scientific achievements in all scientific disciplines. For the first time, the 2010 award went to a social scientist.
2008 -European Research Council Advanced Investigator Grant. 2.5 million Euro to study “Forecasting societies’ adaptive capacity to climate change” (“Future Societies”).