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Roman Hoffmann

Research Group Leader and Research Scholar

Migration and Sustainable Development Research Group

Population and Just Societies

Acting Research Group Leader and Research Scholar

Social Cohesion, Health, and Wellbeing Research Group

Population and Just Societies


Roman Hoffmann leads the Migration and Sustainable Development Research Group (MIG) and is currently also the acting leader of the Social Cohesion, Health, and Wellbeing (SHAW) Research Group in the IIASA Population and Just Societies (POPJUS) Program. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Vienna and degrees in sociology and economics from the University of Munich, Germany.

In his applied research, he studies the relationship between environmental change and population dynamics and the resulting implications for sustainable development. In particular, his work focuses on investigating the underlying causes, patterns, and consequences of different types of migration, with an emphasis on the links between environmental factors and human mobility. He is also interested in climate change mitigation and sustainability, including drivers of environmental concern, pro-environmental behaviors, and support for climate action.

Prior to his current position, he worked at the Vienna Institute of Demography, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, the University of Vienna, the University of Munich, and the Bavarian State Institute for Higher Education Research and Planning. In 2012, he was a visiting scholar at the University of the Philippines, School of Economics in Manila. He has served as a consultant for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the German Development Cooperation (GIZ), the City of Munich, and several non-governmental organizations.

He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Population-Environment Research Network (PERN) of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) and a member of the IUSSP Panel on Population Dynamics under Global Conflict and Climate Change. He is also a member of the editorial boards of the journal Population and Environment and the Climate Mobility Section of Frontiers in Climate.

Last update: 08 MAY 2023


Hoffmann, R., Abel, G. , Malpede, M., Muttarak, R., & Percoco, M. (2023). Climate Change, Aridity, and Internal Migration: Evidence from Census Microdata for 72 Countries. IIASA Working Paper. Laxenburg, Austria: WP-23-008

Hoffmann, R., Vinke, K., & Šedová, B. (2023). Strengthening the science–policy interface in the climate migration field. International Migration 10.1111/imig.13125. (In Press)

Brutschin, E. , Hoffmann, R., Kikstra, J. , Kuhn, M., Min, J. , Mintz-Woo, K. , Muttarak, R. , Pachauri, S. , Patange, O. , Riahi, K. , Schinko, T. , & Zimm, C. (2022). Just Transitions to Net-zero Carbon Emissions for ALL– JustTrans4ALL. In: Systems Analysis for Reducing Footprints and Enhancing Resilience, 16-17 November, 2022, Vienna, Austria.