A sustainable future for Europe

VODCAST - 03 December 2019 Wolfgang Lutz at the ERC


World Population Program Director Wolfgang Lutz was invited to present the highlights of two IIASA projects at the Europe at the European Research Council. The event was titled "A sustainable future for Europe: The contribution of Frontier research" and took place on 3 December 2019 in Brussels. The presentatioon of Wolfgang Lutz starts at 1:32:00.

Lutz is one of the invited speakers at this event. During his career he has received two Advanced Grants by the European Research Council (ERC). In 2009, Lutz received funding for 5 years to study "Forecasting Societies Adaptive Capacities to Climate Change” (FutureSoc). This project is devoted to determining how the changes that societies are likely to undergo over the next several decades will affect their vulnerability to a climate that is more extreme than it is today. FutureSoc research used a multidisciplinary approach to test the central hypothesis and presents empirical evidence from different societies based on analyses of various data sources from individual- and household level data, village-level studies, and national case studies to global-level time series analysis. The results are relevant to the formulation of national and international development priorities.

The second grant was awarded to Lutz in 2017 for the project titled "The Demography of Sustainable Human Wellbeing" (EmpoweredLifeYears). The ongoing project studies the demography of sustainable human wellbeing. The project aims to make an unconventional cross-disciplinary contribution to advancing the discussion around and search for broadly acceptable and empirically measurable quantitative indicators of socioeconomic progress and long-term human well-being that can serve as criteria for judging sustainable development. 


Wolfgang Lutz

Senior Program Advisor:Acting Research Group Leader

Population and Just Societies Program|Social Cohesion


and Wellbeing Research Group

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IIASA project

Forecasting Societies Adaptive Capacities to Climate Change

IIASA project

The Demography of Sustainable Human Wellbeing



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