Wolfgang Lutz

Founding Director
Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, OeAW, University of Vienna)


Field of Study: Demographie, Population et développement, Statistique
Specialization: Education et scolarisation, Estimations et projections, Migration internationale, Population et développement, Population et environnement, Theory
Education: Doctorat (Ph.D, MD), University of Pennsylvania, Démographie, 1983
Working languages: Anglais
Other association membership in population or related fields: Asian Population Association (APA), European Association for Population Studies (EAPS), International Statistical Institute (ISI), Population Association of America (PAA)
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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 Department of Demography of the University of Vienna. 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). 



Lutz, W. 2017. Global sustainable development priorities 500 y after Luther: Sola schola et sanitate. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) 114(27): 6904-6913, 3 July 2017, DOI:10.1073/pnas.1702609114


Lutz, W. 2017. How population growth relates to climate change. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), November 1, 2017, 201717178. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1717178114


Marois G , Bélanger A, and Lutz W. 2020. Population aging, migration, and productivity in Europe. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: e201918988. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1918988117.

Lutz, W., Crespo, J., Kebede, E., Fuernkranz-Prskawetz, A., Sanderson, W., and E. Striessnig. 2019. Education rather than age-structure brings demographic dividend. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2019/06/07/1820362116.

Kebede, E., Goujon A., and W. Lutz. 2019. Stalls in Africa’s fertility decline partly result from disruptions in female education. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doi:10.1073/pnas.1717288116

KC, S., Wurzer, M., Speringer M., and W. Lutz. 2018. Future population and human capital in heterogeneous India. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: e201722359. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1722359115.

Honorary or professional positions and awards:
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:
2018- European Research Council Advanced Grant “The demography of sustainable human well-being".

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”).