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Mag. Dr. Wolfgang LUTZ Founding Director, Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, VID/ÖAW, WU), Vienna; Director, World Population Program, IIASA - International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg


1980 Magister (M.A.), Social and Economic Statistics, University of Vienna
1981-1982 Research Assistant, Population Studies Center/Graduate Group in Demography, University of Pennsylvania
1982 M.A., Demography, University of Pennsylvania
1983 Ph.D. (with distinction), Demography, University of Pennsylvania
1983-1985 Research Associate, Demographic Institute, Austrian Academy of Sciences; Lecturer in Social and Economic Statistics, University of Vienna
1984 Visiting Scholar, World Fertility Survey, London
since 1984 Employed at IIASA - International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg
1988 Habilitation, Demography and Social Statistics, University of Vienna
since 1988 Leader, World Population Program, IIASA, Laxenburg
1995-1998 Research Director, Austrian Institute for Family Studies, Vienna
1998-2001 Secretary General, International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP)
1999-2004 Scientific Coordinator, EU Observatory for the Social Situation, Demography and the Family
2001-2002 Initiator and Coordinator, Global Science Panel on Population and Environment
since 2002 Director, Vienna Institute of Demography (VID), Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna
2007 Senior Visiting Fellow, Oxford Institute of Ageing, Oxford University
2002-2009 Deputy Chair, Board of Directors and Chair of the Scientific Program Committee, African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), Nairobi, Kairo
2003-2008 Member, Board of Directors (Kuratorium), Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock
since 2008 Full Professor of Social and Economic Statistics (part time), Vienna University of Economics and Business
2011 Founding Director, Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, VID/ÖAW, WU)


Professorial Research Fellow, Oxford University
Member, Committee on Population, US National Academy of Sciences
Affiliated Professor, College of Population Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok
Initiator and Principal Investigator, Asian MetaCentre for Population and Sustainable Development Analysis, National University, Singapore
Member, Board of Directors, Population Reference Bureau, Washington D.C.
Finish Academy of Sciences (SuomenTiedeseura), 2014
Leopoldina- German National Academy of Sciences as Full Member, 2013
Austrian Academy of Sciences, 2008 (2008 Corresponding Member, 2012 Full Member)
Member, Board of Directors, Berlin Institute for Population and Development, Germany
US National Academy of Sciences Standing Committee on Population, 2009


21 scientific books, 11 scientific monographs and booklets, 210 articles in scientific journals and chapters in refereed books and more than 100 book reviews, commentaries and other non-refereed scientific contributions.
Selected publications:
Lutz, W., W. Sanderson, and S. Scherbov: The coming acceleration of global population ageing. Nature 451: 716-719, 2008
Lutz, W.: Sola schola et sanitate: Human capital as the root cause and priority for international development? Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 364: 3031-3047, 2009
Lutz, W.: The demography of future global population aging: Indicators, uncertainty, and educational composition. Population and Development Review 35(2): 357-365, 2009
Lutz, W. and S. KC: Global human capital: Integrating education and population. Science 333: 587-592, 2011
Lutz, W.: Demographic metabolism: A predictive theory of socioeconomic change. Population and Development Review, 38(S1):283-301, 2013.


European Research Council Advanced Investigator Grant, 2008
Mattei Dogan Award of the IUSSP, 2009
Wittgenstein Award, 2010