Erich Striessnig is a Research Scholar affiliated with both the VID and IIASA’s World Population (POP) Program. He holds a PhD from the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), as well as two master’s degrees, one in economics and one in philosophy from the University of Vienna.

Erich’s work at the Wittgenstein Centre has been focusing on the development of multidimensional population projections, as well as their application in questions related to social transformation processes resulting from the demographic metabolism. The range of topics that he has been studying in this framework range from attitudes toward migration to European identity and pro-environmental behaviour. A large part of his work has also been dedicated to the analysis of how future changes in demographic composition will affect societies’ adaptive capacities with respect to climate change. In his most recent project at IIASA, together with his colleagues, Erich is working on the development of alternative indicators for sustainable well-being.

Moreover, Erich is also interested in spatial demography. In a collaboration with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), he has been trying to integrate age-structure into spatial population projections destined to improve future climate change impact assessments. To that purpose, during 2017 he served as a Fulbright Botstiber Visiting Professor at NCAR.

Areas of Expertise

  • Optimal Fertility
  • Adaptation to Climate Change
  • Education & Happiness
  • Air Pollution Mitigation
  • Spatial Demography

Research Areas

Curriculum Vitae

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Affiliation: IIASA, VID/ÖAW
E-Mail: erich.striessnig@wu.ac.at
Phone: +431313365525

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. It is a collaboration among the World Population Program of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Vienna Institute of Demography of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (VID/ÖAW) and the Demography Group and the Research Institute on Human Capital and Development of the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU).

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