Erich Striessnig

Research Group: Migration, Education and Environment

Phone: +43 1 51581 - 7712

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

Selected Publications

Universal education is key to enhanced climate adaptation
Author(s): Lutz W, Muttarak R, Striessnig E (equal contribution; authors are listed alphabetically)
Reference: Science, 346(6213):1061-1062
Year: 2014

Demographic Strengthening of European Identity
Author(s): Striessnig E, Lutz W
Reference: Population and Development Review
Year: 2016

Demographic aspects of climate change mitigation and adaptation
Author(s): Lutz W, Striessnig E
Reference: Population Studies, 69(sup1):69-76, April 2015
Year: 2015

How does education change the relationship between fertility and age-dependency under environmental constraints? A long-term simulation exercise
Author(s): Striessnig E, Lutz W
Reference: Demographic Research, 30:465-492
Year: 2014