The POPJUS Program continues and builds upon research activities previously undertaken in the IIASA World Population and Risk and Resilience programs. Insights into current and future population sizes, structures, and distributions are fundamental to understanding human impacts on ecosystems and simultaneously, the impact of environmental changes on human wellbeing differentiated by sub-populations.

The program’s research agenda embraces the key priority in the IIASA strategic plan by identifying sustainable development challenges and exploring people-centric systems solutions for sustainable, resilient, just and equitable societies. 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, the program 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. The program will continue to invest in advancing its methods, approaches, and data to deliver results that can be incorporated into system analytical models, inclusive policy processes, and ultimately into equitable and effective policy pathways and transformations. 


Aging & wellbeing

27 June 2022

Fact Sheet Longevity, Health, Well-being

POPJUS researchers contributed with their pioneering work on new measures of aging, healthy life expectancy, and a well-being indicator to measure the quality of life to the Fact Sheet Longevity, Health, Well-being recently published by Wittgenstein Centre.
Academia Europaea

20 June 2022

Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz elected as a new member of the Academia Europaea

IIASA Population and Just Societies Program Research Scholar Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz has been elected to the Academia Europaea





Just Transitions to Net-Zero Carbon Emissions for All (JustTrans4ALL)

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BALancing humAn and Natural resource use for Circular bioEconomy (BALANCE)

Family wears protective mask while walking in the city

Demographic perspectives of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic


stakeholder groups
Social and policy simulations, as well as serious games, are participatory processes through which diverse societal stakeholders collectively explore a complex reality and complex challenges. These participatory processes combine both social and natural science insights to foster experiential learning. They enable participants to make sense of the complexity associated with policy issues, and reflect on system inter-linkages and stakeholder plurality. These methods have become increasingly recognised for informing and guiding policy in complex settings, including sustainable development, climate change mitigation/adaptation and disaster risk reduction.


violin on the piano

23 June 2022

The secret lives of IIASA scientists: part 2

We meet four IIASA scientists and take a look at the extraordinary things they do when they leave their computers behind for the day.

18 June 2022

Gaining popular support for green tax reform

Options Magazine, Summer 2022: In the effort to combat climate change, the notion of green tax reform has become increasingly common, but how do different carbon tax designs affect people at different income levels?
Green Tax Reform


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Anne Goujon

Program Director and Principal Research Scholar

Acting Research Group Leader and Principal Research Scholar

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Katja Scherbov

Program and Project Officer

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Denise Watzenig

Program and Project Officer

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Gladys Shamirian

Administrative Assistant for Research Program