Anne Goujon, an expert in demography and education, has been appointed to lead the IIASA Population and Just Societies (POPJUS) Program.  

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Goujon will take over as POPJUS Program director on 15 April 2022. She is currently at the European Commission Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy. She previously led the research group “Human Capital Data Lab” at the Vienna Institute of Demography (VID at the Austrian Academy of Sciences) and was also a senior research scholar in the former IIASA World Population Program. She has a doctorate in social and economic science and her research interests lie at the intersection of education and demography.  

The POPJUS Program is one of six IIASA research programs. The program seeks to produce empirical knowledge relevant for transformations towards sustainable, resilient, equitable, and just societies, explore people-centric systems solutions for global challenges, and explicitly integrate the concept of equity and justice into empirical identification of opportunity, process, and distribution. The program focuses on strengthening the human-centered and population-based approach, taking into consideration equity and the just distribution of opportunities, outcomes, and processes. In doing so, it builds on existing strengths and expertise in population and human capital modeling as well as expertise in understanding, managing, and equitably governing systemic and existential risks associated with global change.

“I await coming back to IIASA to work with the POPJUS Program with great expectation. IIASA is unique with an ambitious research agenda aimed at a sustainable and just world, and I look forward to contributing with my colleagues to the development of population science and policy at its core,” says Goujon.

“Anne brings with her a blend of great familiarity with the former IIASA World Population Program, as well as an intense exposure to a leading European Commission research campus in Italy with a strong policy interface. We are sure the research groups under the Population and Just Societies Program at IIASA will achieve new heights in terms of excellence and impact under her leadership. We are excited to have her back at IIASA,” says IIASA Deputy Director General for Science Leena Srivastava.


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