Erich Striessnig

Research Group: Migration, Education and Environment

Phone: +43 1 313 36 - 5525

E-Mail: erich.striessnig(at)


Erich Striessnig is a Research Scholar affiliated with both the VID and IIASA’s World Population (POP) Program. He holds a PhD from the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), as well as two master’s degrees, one in economics and one in philosophy from the University of Vienna.

Since 2007, when he first joined IIASA, he has been working on questions concerning the demographics of economic growth, contributing to the development of the SEDIM model, as well as the topic of optimal fertility. During this time he was also affiliated with IIASA's Air Pollution and Economic Development (APD) Program, where he worked on the macroeconomic effects of air pollution mitigation in South Asia. More recently, he has dedicated himself to topics as diverse as demographic differential vulnerability to natural disasters, the relationship between education and subjective well-being, as well as the role of the demographic metabolism in processes of social change. His most recent project in collaboration with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is on adding age structure to spatial population projections. From August to December 2017, he will be visiting NCAR as a Fulbright-Botstiber Visiting Professor.

Areas of Expertise

  • Optimal Fertility
  • Adaptation to Climate Change
  • Education & Happiness
  • Air Pollution Mitigation
  • Spatial Demography