Leora Courtney-Wolfman


E-Mail: Leora.Courtney(at)oeaw.ac.at


Leora Courtney-Wolfman joined the Vienna Institute of Demography in January 2020, where she is a member of the Climate, Health and Population (CHAP) project team and investigating the relationship between climate change and occupational injuries. Leora’s independent research focuses on differential demographic indicators of natural hazard vulnerability. Leora’s academic interests lie at the intersection of demography, determinants of natural disaster vulnerability, and structural inequality in health outcomes. Regarding structural inequality, she is especially committed to uncovering imbalances in otherwise highly-developed regions, such as poorer health and life expectancies amongst Canada’s Indigenous population.

Prior to joining the VID, Leora completed an MSc in Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy from the Vienna University of Economics and Business, and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology (minor Geography) from the University of British Columbia. After completing her MSc, Leora spent several years working as an academic copy editor, and is currently a co-editor of the VID Working Papers.

Areas of Expertise

  • Differential disaster vulnerability
  • Socioeconomic inequality
  • Social policy

Research Areas

Curriculum Vitae

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Affiliation: VID/ÖAW
E-Mail: Leora.Courtney(at)oeaw.ac.at
Phone: +43 1 51581 - 7743

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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.