Department of Demography

The newly established department of demography at the University of Vienna serves as a university based pillar of the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (WIC) which also includes the Vienna Institute of Demography (VID) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the World Population Program of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). Established on the basis of the Wittgenstein Prize 2010 it aspires to being one of the world’s leading centres in the field.

Demography is the scientific study of changing population size and structures. It analyses and mathematically models the multiple structures of human populations by age, sex, place of residence, level of educational attainment, labor force participation and other essential demographic characteristics of individuals. It focusses on the determinants of such changes – in particular, fertility, mortality and migration – and assesses the aggregate level consequences of past, current and future population changes on society, economy and environment.

Head of Department:

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Lutz