Social Cohesion, Health, and Wellbeing (SHAW)

The SHAW Group’s research activities directly and comprehensively addresses the measurement of human wellbeing in its multiple dimensions with a special focus on health as a key component and social cohesion as a key determinant of wellbeing.

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SHAW employs various demographic methods, statistical techniques, and empirical concepts to comprehensively assess different dimensions of good health and wellbeing, while also considering equity in the distribution of wellbeing over time and over the life course for different populations around the world. In doing so, the group aims to develop alternative indicators of wellbeing to effectively measure development progress. The aim is for such indicators of wellbeing to be applied as long-term sustainability criteria that can help to pinpoint vulnerable subgroups of populations for policy priorities. Due to the group’s strong focus on sustainable human wellbeing, particular attention is paid to the feedback of emerging situations such as pandemics, economic crises, and extreme weather events that can pose risks to human health and wellbeing.

Latest news:

28 September 2021
Future prosperity in China is unlikely to be hindered by population aging

New research on China suggests that declining birth rates and an aging population might not hinder future prosperity when associated with better education of the young.  More

27 September 2021
The kids are not alright

Children are to face disproportionate increases in lifetime extreme event exposure – especially in low-income countries, according to new research by an international group of scientists.  More

16 March 2021
A new way to measure human wellbeing towards sustainability

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a blueprint to achieve a better life for all and to ensure that no one is left behind. The partly overlapping and contradictory objectives of the SDGs can however make it difficult to assess overall progress. A group of researchers have proposed a new, tailor-made metric that measures development based on long-term human wellbeing.  More

Latest events:

23 Sep 2021 - 24 Sep 2021
Population and Environmental Change

IIASA demographer Wolfgang Lutz is invited to present the latest advances in demography on the interactions between huma... More

16 Sep 2021
Climate Change and Population Dynamics

IIASA prominent demographers Raya Muttarak and Wolfgang Lutz are co-organizing and debating on climate feedback on popul... More

18 Jul 2021 - 23 Jul 2021
Open mind, society, and world

IIASA scientist Anastasia A. Lijadi will present latest research from the ERC funded IIASA project "The Demography of ... More


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CONTACT DETAILS

Wolfgang Lutz

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

T +43(0) 2236 807 294

Katja Scherbov

Program and Project Officer Population and Just Societies Program

T +43(0) 2236 807 280

PUBLICATIONS

Marois, G. , Gietel-Basten, S., & Lutz, W. (2021). China's low fertility may not hinder future prosperity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118 (40), e2108900118. 10.1073/pnas.2108900118.

Ghislandi, S., Muttarak, R. , Sauerberg, M., & Scotti, B. (2021). Human costs of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the major epicentres in Italy. In: Vienna Yearbook of Population Research 2022. Eds. Di Giulio, P., Goujon, A. , Marois, G. & Goldstein, J., Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. 10.1553/populationyearbook2022.res2.1.

Anagnostou, P., Tasoulis, S., Vrahatis, A. G., Georgakopoulos, S., Prina, M., Ayuso-Mateos, J. L., Bickenbach, J., Bayes-Marin, I., et al. (2021). Enhancing the Human Health Status Prediction: The ATHLOS Project. Applied Artificial Intelligence, 1-23. 10.1080/08839514.2021.1935591.

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