POP's studies of the changing number of human beings focuses on the changing composition of the population by age, gender, level of education, place of residence, and other important human characteristics. POP tries to comprehensively assess the social, economic, and environmental drivers of such changes as well as their implications for long-term sustainable development.
The POP Program has continued its strong strategic alliance with the Vienna Institute of Demography (VID) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), coming together to form the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital in 2011. The Wittgenstein Centre emphasizes modeling of the dynamics of human capital formation, including reconstruction of historical data and projections for the coming decades for most of the world’s countries.
In alignment with IIASA’s strategic plan in 2012 POP has enhanced its scientific collaboration across programs, has organized its efforts across the three dimensions of the new Strategic Areas, and disseminated IIASA’s scientific output to policymakers and civil society. The World Population Program is active in all three areas, and increasingly so. POP’s population estimates and projections for the countries of the world have long been used by other IIASA programs in their modeling and projections, most significantly in the context of developing the IIASA input to the new SSPs (Shared Socioeconomic Pathways) for the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), as will be described below.
In close collaboration with IIASA’s Energy program, POP developed population projections for a broadly based international effort to create a new generation of standard scenarios for the global modeling communities on Integrated Assessment and Vulnerability, Risk, and Adaptation. More
The above mentioned major new expert-argument-based population projections by age, sex, and level of education are being documented and justified in a forthcoming volume to be published by Oxford University Press (OUP). More
Empirical data and case studies from new studies conducted in the context of the European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant “Forecasting Societies’ Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change” show from that better education can help people survive and recover after natural disasters such as floods, landslides, storms, and fires. More
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Acting Research Group Leader and Principal Research Scholar Social Cohesion, Health, and Wellbeing Research Group - Population and Just Societies Program
Principal Research Scholar and Senior Program Advisor Population and Just Societies Program
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
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