Wolfgang Lutz

Executive Director

Research Group: Migration, Education & Environment

Phone: +43 1 51581 - 7752

E-Mail: lutz(at)iiasa.ac.at


Wolfgang Lutz is Founding Director of the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital, a collaboration between the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Vienna Institute of Demography of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (VID/ÖAW) and the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). He joined IIASA in October 1985, where he is Program Director of the World Population (POP) Program. Since 2002 he has also been Director of the Vienna Institute of Demography and since 2008, Full Professor of Applied Statistics (part time) at the WU. He is also a Professorial Research Fellow at the Oxford Martin School for 21st Century Studies.

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) and 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 a series of world population projections produced at IIASA and has developed approaches for projecting education and human capital. He is also principal investigator at the Asian MetaCentre for Population and Sustainable Development Analysis. Lutz is author and editor of 28 books and more than 200 refereed articles, including seven 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

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 metabolism: A predictive theory of socioeconomic change
Author(s): Lutz W
Reference: Population and Development Review, 38(S1):283-301 (February 2013) (Published online 19 February 2013)
Year: 2013

Global human capital: Integrating education and population
Author(s): Lutz W, KC S
Reference: Science 333: 587-592
Year: 2011

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