Leora Courtney-Wolfman

Research Group: Migration, Education and Environment

Phone: +43 1 51581 - 7743

E-Mail: Leora.Courtney(at)oeaw.ac.at


Leora Courtney-Wolfman joined the Vienna Institute of Demography in January 2020. She is a member of the Climate, Health and Population (CHAP) project team, and will also be pursuing a PhD in demography at the University of Vienna. Leora is currently involved in researching differential demographic indicators of COVID-19 vulnerability.

Leora’s research interests lie at the intersection of demography, determinants of natural disaster vulnerability, and structural inequality in health outcomes. Regarding structural inequality, she is especially committed to uncovering imbalances in otherwise highly-developed regions, such as poorer health and life expectancies amongst Canada’s Indigenous population.

Prior to joining the VID, Leora completed an MSc in Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy from the Vienna University of Economics and Business, and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology (minor Geography) from the University of British Columbia.


Areas of Expertise

  • Differential disaster vulnerability
  • Socioeconomic inequality
  • Social policy