Wolfgang Lutz is Founding Director of the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital, a cooperation between the University of Vienna (where he is Professor at the Department of Demography), IIASA (where he directs the World Population Program), and the Austrian Academy of Sciences (where he is Scientific Director of the Vienna Institute of Demography). He holds a PhD in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania.
He has widely published on international population trends with a special focus on population forecasting, population-development-environment interactions and introducing education as a standard demographic dimension in addition to age and sex. He has published over 260 scientific articles, including 13 in Science and Nature. His most recent book is entitled “Demographic and Human Capital Scenarios for the 21st Century: 2018 Assessment for 201 Countries.” He has won prestigious awards including the Wittgenstein Prize, two ERC Advanced Grants, the Mattei Dogan award of the IUSSP and the Mindel C. Sheps Award of PAA. He is a member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Leopoldina, the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), the Finnish Society for Sciences and Letters, the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS), and the Academia Europea.
Professor Lutz has been appointed by the UN Secretary-General to be one of the 15 members of the Independent Group of Scientists to produce the quadrennial Global Sustainable Development Report 2019.