Wolfgang Lutz is Founding Director of the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital. A collaboration between the Department of Demography of the University of Vienna, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the Vienna Institute of Demography of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (VID/OeAW). He joined IIASA in October 1985, where he is Senior Program Advisor of the Population and Just Societies Program (POPJUS) and Acting Research Group Leader of the Social Cohesion, Health, and Wellbeing Research Group. From 1992 to 2020 Wolfgang Lutz was Program Director of the World Population (POP) Program at IIASA. In 2002 he became Director of VID. Since 2008 Wolfgang Lutz has also been Full Professor: first at the WU Vienna and since October 2019 at the University of Vienna. He is also Professorial Research Fellow at the Oxford Martin School for 21st Century Studies. In 2016, before leaving office, former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Wolfgang Lutz to be one of 15 independent scientists to draft a report on sustainable development ahead of a global review set for 2019. Professor Lutz studied philosophy, theology, mathematics and statistics at the Universities of Munich, Vienna and Helsinki and holds a PhD in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania (1983) and a second doctorate (Habilitation) in Statistics from the University of Vienna.

He has worked on family demography, fertility analysis, population projection and the interaction between population and environment. He has been conducting a series of in-depth studies on population–development–environment interactions in Mexico, several African countries and Asia. He is the author of a series of world population projections produced at IIASA and has developed approaches for projecting education and human capital. He is also principal investigator at the Asian MetaCentre for Population and Sustainable Development Analysis. Lutz is author and editor of 28 books and more than 200 refereed articles, including seven in "Science" and "Nature". In 2008 he received an ERC Advanced Grant, in 2009 the Mattei Dogan Award of the IUSSP and in 2010 the Wittgenstein Prize, the highest Austrian science award. He is elected full member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and of the German National Academy Leopoldina as well as a member of the Committee on Population of the US National Academy of Sciences. Furthermore he is a member of the Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters (Societas Scientiarum Fennica) and the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS).

Areas of Expertise

  • Population Projections
  • Human Capital

Research Areas

Curriculum Vitae

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E-Mail: lutz(at)iiasa.ac.at
Phone: +43 1 51581 7752

The Wittgenstein Centre aspires to be a world leader in the advancement of demographic methods and their application to the analysis of human capital and population dynamics. In assessing the effects of these forces on long-term human well-being, we combine scientific excellence in a multidisciplinary context with relevance to a global audience. It is a collaboration among the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the University of Vienna.