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Wolfgang LUTZ

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Wolfgang Lutz, PhD

Phone: +43 (0)1 31336 4752

Vi­enna Uni­versity of Eco­nom­ics and Busi­ness (WU)
Re­search In­sti­tute for Hu­man Cap­ital and Devel­op­ment
Welthan­delsplatz 1/D4
1020 Vi­enna

Of­fice hours: on ap­point­ment

Re­search Areas

  • Pop­u­la­tion pro­jec­tions

  • Devel­op­ment of the world pop­u­la­tion

  • Com­par­at­ive European demo­graphy

  • Devel­op­ment of edu­ca­tion and hu­man cap­ital

  • Fu­ture devel­op­ment of fer­til­ity


De­tailed CV

Wolfgang Lutz is Found­ing Dir­ector of the Wit­tgen­stein Centre for Demo­graphy and Global Hu­man Cap­ital (a col­lab­or­a­tion between II­ASA, the Aus­trian Academy of Sciences and the WU-Vi­enna Uni­versity of Eco­nom­ics and Busi­ness). He joined II­ASA in Oc­to­ber 1985, where he is Pro­gram Dir­ector of the World Pop­u­la­tion (POP) Pro­gram. Since 2002 he is also dir­ector of the Vi­enna In­sti­tute of Demo­graphy (VID) of the Aus­trian Academy of Sciences and since 2008, Full Pro­fessor of Ap­plied Stat­ist­ics (part time) at the WU. He is also 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 and has developed ap­proaches for pro­ject­ing edu­ca­tion and hu­man cap­ital. 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. Since 2014 he is elec­ted mem­ber of the Finnish So­ci­ety of Sciences and Let­ters (So­ci­etas Scien­tiarum Fen­nica) and mem­ber of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS).