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/ÖAW). He joined IIASA in October 1985, where he is Program Director of the World Population (POP) Program. Since 2002 he is also Director of VID and since 2008, 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) as well as 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 the series of world population projections produced at IIASA and has developed approaches for projecting education and human capital. He is also principal investigator of the Asian MetaCentre for Population and Sustainable Development Analysis. Lutz is author and editor of 23 books and more than 250 refereed articles, including nine 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.