Blog Posts

IIASA scientists from the World Population Program write about their latest research results in international forums.

14 May 2020 -

The Cercedilla Manifesto: Advocating for more environmentally and socially sustainable research meetings

Raquel Guimaraes and Debbora Leip

21 April 2020 -

How healthy are you really?

Sonja Spitzer and Daniela Weber

15 April 2020 -

COVID-19: An unprecedented shock to social and economic systems

Erich Striessnig

8 April 2020 -

Reducing COVID-19 vulnerability in Latin America and the Caribbean

Raquel Guimaraes

10 March 2020 -

Explaining the COVID-19 outbreak and mitigation measures

Raya Muttarak

29 January 2020 -

It is worth weighting for better health measures

Sonja Spitzer

24 January 2020 - Foreign Policy

Europe Is Destined to Age—but Not to Suffer the Consequences

Nicholas Gailey

17 January 2020 -

Greening through schooling: How education influences pro-environmental behavior

Roman Hoffmann

18 November 2019 - N-IUSSP

The demographic dividend is driven by education, not changes in age structure

Wolfgang Lutz, Jesus Crespo Cuaresma, Nicholas Gailey

14 October 2019 - N-IUSSP

Mitigating the labour market consequences of population ageing in the EU

Guillaume Marois, Patrick Sabourin, Alain Bélanger

31 July 2019 -

My post doc experience at IIASA

Nandita Saikia

12 April 2019 - The Conversation

Is 75 the new 65? Wealthy countries need to rethink what it means to be old

Warren C. Sanderson and Sergei Scherbov

8 April 2019 - N-IUSSP

Education disruptions in the 1980s contributed to the stalled fertility decline in Africa around 2000

Endale Kebede, Anne Goujon, Wolfgang Lutz, Nicholas Gailey

4 February 2019 -

What matters more in preventing adult deaths in India?

Nandita Saikia

14 November 2018 - Data for Progress

The Damaging Myth of Individual Culpability

Alison Heslin

7 November 2018 - The Conversation

Which country is best to live in? Our calculations say it’s not Norway

Warren C. Sanderson, Sergei Scherbov and Simone Ghislandi

24 July 2018 -

Education in, through, and for sustainable development

Stephanie Bengtsson

4 June 2018 -

India’s Unwanted Daughters

Nandita Saikia

15 January 2018 -

Using Twitter data for demographic research

Dilek Yildiz

31 October 2017 -

How can happiness research help to build better lives?

Anastasia Aldelina Lijadi

18 August 2017 -

Do smokers know what they are doing to their life expectancy?

Valeria Bordone

17 May 2017 - WU blog

Will poverty be eradicated by 2030?

Jesus Crespo Cuaresma

3 April 2017 -

Learn from the past, prepare for the future

Roman Hoffman

14 February 2017 -

Counting the Nepalese

Samir KC

27 January 2017 -

What you probably don’t know about higher education in sub-Saharan Africa

Anne Goujon

25 November 2016 -

Interview: Defining the future(s)

Samir KC

2 November 2016 -

When in Rome

Helga de Valk and Valeria Bordone

18 October 2016 -

Turning the tables: policy and politics in an age of ageing

Harald Wilkoszewski, Elke Loichinger, and Patrick I. Dick

18 October 2016 - Cambridge Core Blog

Anne Goujon

18 October 2016 -

Marriage or cohabitation means a longer and healthier life

Dimiter Philipov

13 October 2016 -

Why are the refugees who came to Austria in 2015 more educated than expected?

Anne Goujon

21 September 2016 -

Female-headed households hit harder by climate change

Raya Muttarak

21 June 2016 -

Once a European, always a European  

Erich Striessnig

17 June 2016 - Population Insights

Living longer: Determining whether we are using our extra years productively

Elke Loichinger and Daniela Weber

10 June 2016 - IIASA Alumni

My scientific journey with IIASA

Anastasia Emelyanova 

11 March 2016 -

Migration analysis: A growing priority for policy

Luis Castro

4 March 2016 - The Conversationand reposted by

It’s time to measure 21st century aging with 21st century tools

Warren C. Sanderson and Sergei Scherbov

18 February 2016 -

Interview: The role of education in the future of humanity

Reiner Klingholz and Wolfgang Lutz

10 February 2016 -

What does your walking speed say about your true age?

Daniela Weber

12 January 2016 -

A ‘Recipe for Depopulation’? School Closures and Local Decline in Saxony

Bilal Barakat

21 December 2015 -

Who are the refugees?

Zakarya Al Zalak

10 December 2015 - UNESCO World Education Blog and reposted by

Why universal secondary education can help fight climate change 

Raya Muttarak

10 November 2015 -

Education and crime in South Africa

Anne Goujon

11 October 2015 - The Globalist and reposted by

Population: How Many People Will Live in Africa in 2100?

Samir KC

24 September 2015 - and reposted by

Why education should top the development agenda

Wolfgang Lutz

4 September 2015 - brookings

Will the world reach 10 billion people?

Wolfgang Fengler and Samir K.C.

05 August 2015 -

Ein universitäres Zuhause für die internationale Demografie

Wolfgang Lutz

06 July 2015 -

A Demographic Perspective on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

Erich Striessnig

11 May 2015 -

Interview: Population characteristics and the climate

Erich Striessnig

16 April 2015 - The Conversation

Research shows old age is getting younger all the time

Warren C. Sanderson and Sergei Scherbov

16 April 2015 -

Towards a Catholic North America in 2062?

Anne Goujon

16 April 2015 -

Journey of your life: Demography for the demos

Samir K.C.

01 April 2015 -

Unintended But Positive: Five Long-term Consequences of Population Ageing

Fanny A. Kluge, Emilio Zagheni, Elke Loichinger, and Tobias C. Vogt

23 September 2014 -

9 billion or 11 billion? The research behind new population projections

Wolfgang Lutz, Bill Butz, Samir K.C., Warren Sanderson, and Sergei Scherbov

20 June 2014 -

The future of social change

Anne Goujon

21 May 2014 - The Conversation

75 is the new 65, so we should all keep working for longer

Warren C. Sanderson and Sergei Scherbov

09 May 2014 - The Conversation

Really, how old are you? The hands never lie 

Warren C. Sanderson and Sergei Scherbov

23 April 2014 -

Do Grandparents Benefit from Grandparenting?

Valeria Bordone

27 February 2014 -

What is the optimal fertility rate?

Erich Striessnig

19 December 2013 -

How to save lives – and money – by addressing India’s air pollution

Erich Striessnig

02 December 2013 -

Healthy living in hard times?

Raya Muttarak

27 November 2013 -

Interview: Exploring stereotypes about older people

Katie Bowen and Vegard Skirbekk

25 November 2013 -

Alcohol, Substance Abuse and Crime Linked to Higher Mortality

Vegard Skirbekk

25 November 2013 -

Cognitive Function as a Refined Indicator of Aging

Vegard Skirbekk

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