Distinguished Emeritus Research Scholar
Social Cohesion, Health, and Wellbeing Research Group
Population and Just Societies
BiographySergei Scherbov is a principal research scholar and project leader in the Social Cohesion, Health, and Wellbeing (SHAW) Research Group of the IIASA Population and Just Societies (POPJUS) Program, and the director of Demographic Analysis at the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital, a collaborative center of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Vienna Institute of Demography), International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, and University of Vienna. He is also an affiliated professor at the College of Population Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.
Scherbov graduated from Moscow Aviation University in Russia where he studied operation research and applied mathematics. He received his PhD in theory of systems, control theory, and systems analysis from the Research Institute for Systems Studies of the USSR Academy of Sciences.
From 1982, he was a frequent collaborator and guest research scholar of the former IIASA Population Program, which he then joined as a staff member in 1987. From 1991-2001, he was a researcher and senior lecturer at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, teaching Demographic Methods and Computer Based Demographic Analysis. He returned to IIASA in 2002, to work on issues related to demographic modeling.
Scherbov has given numerous intensive "hands-on" courses in the field of Demographic Analysis and Computer Applications at many universities and statistical offices across the globe, many of which were organized by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). In recent years, he also assisted several governments in defining and evaluating population policies.
His main research interests are currently in population projections, new measures of aging, and analysis of aging that takes into consideration the changing characteristics of people. Scherbov is the author, coauthor, or co-editor of several books and more than 200 articles published in professional journals, including six articles in "Science" and "Nature". In 2012, he received a prestigious Advanced Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) to study new measures of aging and in 2021 he received an ERC Proof of Concept grant to explore making pension policies fairer.
Last update: 13 SEP 2022
Sanderson, W. & Scherbov, S. (2023). The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on life expectancy in the USA: An application of hybrid life expectancy. Biology Methods and Protocols 8 (1) bpad025. 10.1093/biomethods/bpad025.
Lutz, W. & Pachauri, S. (2023). Systems Analysis for Sustainable Wellbeing. 50 years of IIASA research, 40 years after the Brundtland Commission, contributing to the post-2030 Global Agenda. IIASA Report. Laxenburg, Austria: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) 10.5281/zenodo.8214208.
Scherbov, S. , Gietel-Basten, S., Ediev, D. , Shulgin, S., & Sanderson, W. (2022). COVID-19 and excess mortality in Russia: Regional estimates of life expectancy losses in 2020 and excess deaths in 2021. PLOS ONE 17 (11) e0275967. 10.1371/journal.pone.0275967.
Scherbov, S. , Spitzer, S. , & Steiber, N. (2022). Thresholds for clinical practice that directly link handgrip strength to remaining years of life: estimates based on longitudinal observational data. BMJ Open 12 (7) e058489. 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-058489.