Wolfgang Lutz is the Founding Director of the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, OeAW, University of Vienna), a cooperation between the University of Vienna (where he is Professor at the Department of Demography), IIASA (where he used to be the director of the World Population Program from 1994-2020 and currently holds the function of Senior Advisor for the Population and Just Societies Program), and the Austrian Academy of Sciences (where he has been Director of the Vienna Institute of Demography since 2002 and retired from the directorship in 2022). He holds a PhD in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania, USA and got his Habilitation in Demography and Social Statistics from the University of Vienna.
Lutz is one of the world's leading experts in the field of global population development and the interactions between demographic changes, society, the economy and the environment. He has published over 280 scientific articles, including 24 in Science, Nature and PNAS. He also wrote or edited 27 books. His most recent book reads 'Advanced Introduction to Demography' (E. Elgar, 2021), in which his approach of multi-dimensional demography is presented in particular with regard to the educational structure of populations.
He has won prestigious awards including the Wittgenstein Prize, two European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grants, the Mattei Dogan award of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP), and the Mindel C. Sheps Award of the Population Association of America (PAA). He received an honorary doctorate from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. He is a member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the German National Academy Leopoldina, the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), the Finnish Society for Sciences and Letters, and the Academia Europea. He was also appointed by the UN Secretary-General to be one of the 15 members of the Independent Group of Scientists to produce the quadrennial Global Sustainable Development Report 2019.
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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.