Roman Hoffmann is research group leader of the Social Cohesion, Health, and Wellbeing Research Group (SHAW) Research Group in the IIASA Population and Just Societies (POPJUS) Program. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Vienna and degrees in sociology and economics from the University of Munich. In his applied research, he studies the relationship between environmental change and population dynamics and the resulting implications for sustainable development. His work focuses on various issues related to the impacts of climate change on human livelihoods, migration, and health and wellbeing. He is also interested in factors that influence climate change mitigation and sustainability, including drivers of environmental concern, pro-environmental behaviors, and support for climate action.
Prior to his current position, he worked at the Vienna Institute of Demography, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, University of Vienna, University of Munich, and the Bavarian State Institute for Higher Education Research and Planning. In 2012, he was a visiting scholar at the University of the Philippines, School of Economics in Manila. He has served as a consultant for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, the Asian Development Bank, the German Development Cooperation (GIZ), the City of Munich, and several non-governmental organizations.
He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Population-Environment Research Network (PERN) of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) and a member of the IUSSP Panel on Population Dynamics under Global Conflict and Climate Change. He is also member of the editorial boards of Population and Environment and the Climate Mobility Section of Frontiers in Climate.
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.