Nicholas Gailey joined the Wittgenstein Centre in January 2018. He investigates topics of population and development, producing both policy-oriented reports and scientific publications. Major themes of his recent work include population aging, emigration of highly skilled workers (brain drain), and the impact of demographic change on future dependency burdens. Mr. Gailey holds a PhD in Demography from the University of Vienna, as well as a Journalism MA (Stanford University) and BSc (University of California, Berkeley).

Areas of Expertise

  • Policy Analysis, Strategy, & Communication
  • Migration Push- & Pull-Factors
  • Demographic Dividend

Research Areas


Affiliation: IIASA

Other Resources

IIASA website

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.