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Sergei Scherbov

Principal Research Scholar and Project Leader

Social Cohesion, Health, and Wellbeing Research Group

Population and Just Societies Program


Sergei Scherbov is the Deputy Program Director of the World Population Program (POP) at IIASA, Director of Demographic Analysis at the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, VID/OAW, WU), and Leader of the Population Dynamics and Forecasting Research Group at the Vienna Institute of Demography (VID), Austrian Academy of Sciences. He is Affiliated Professor at the College of Population Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, and Head of International Laboratory on Demography and Human Capital at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.

Dr. Scherbov graduated from the Moscow Aviation University where he studied operation research and applied mathematics, and 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 with the Population Program, which he then joined as a staff member in 1987. From 1991-2001, he was Researcher and Senior Lecturer at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, teaching on Demographic Methods and Computer Based Demographic Analysis. He returned to IIASA in 2002, to work on issues related to demographic modeling.

Dr. 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, Dr. Scherbov also assisted a number of governments in defining and evaluating population policies.

His main current research interests are in population projections, new measures of aging, and analysis of aging that takes into consideration changing characteristics of people. Scherbov is author, co-author, 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.

Last update: 02 MAR 2018


Barmpas, P., Tasoulis, S., Vrahatis, A.G., Georgakopoulos, S.V., Anagnostou, P., Prina, M., Ayuso-Mateos, J.L., Bickenbach, J., Bayes, I., Bobak, M., Caballero, F.F., Chatterji, S., Egea-Cortés, L., García-Esquinas, E., Leonardi, M., Koskinen, S., Koupil, I., Paja̧k, A., Prince, M., Sanderson, W., Scherbov, S. , Tamosiunas, A., Galas, A., Haro, J.M., Sanchez-Niubo, A., Plagianakos, V.P., & Panagiotakos, D. (2022). A divisive hierarchical clustering methodology for enhancing the ensemble prediction power in large scale population studies: the ATHLOS project. Health Information Science and Systems 10 (1) e6. 10.1007/s13755-022-00171-1.

Sanchez-Niubo, A., Forero, C.G., Wu, Y.-T., Giné-Vázquez, L., Prina, M., De La Fuente, J., Daskalopoulou, C., Critselis, E., De La Torre-Luque, A., Panagiotakos, D., Arndt, H., Ayuso-Mateos, J.L., Bayes-Marin, I., Bickenbach, J., Bobak, M., Caballero, F.F., Chatterji, S., Egea-Cortés, L., García-Esquinas, E., Leonardi, M., Koskinen, S., Koupil, I., Mellor-Marsá, B., Olaya, B., Pająk, A., Prince, M., Raggi, A., Rodríguez-Artalejo, F., Sanderson, W., Scherbov, S. , Tamosiunas, A., Tobias-Adamczyk, B., Tyrovolas, S., & Haro, J.M. (2021). Development of a common scale for measuring healthy ageing across the world: results from the ATHLOS consortium. International Journal of Epidemiology dyaa236. 10.1093/ije/dyaa236.

Gietel-Basten, S., Mau, V., Scherbov, S. , & Shulgin, S. (2021). The Gender Gap in Reaching “Old Age” in the Russian Federation: A Regional Approach. Journal of Aging & Social Policy 33 (6) 600-610. 10.1080/08959420.2020.1777823.

Gietel-Basten, S., Saucedo, S.E.G., & Scherbov, S. (2020). Prospective measures of aging for Central and South America. PLOS ONE 15 (7) e0236280. 10.1371/journal.pone.0236280.