Welcome to the Department of Demography!

Our Department combines demographic research and teaching at the University of Vienna.

Demography is the scientific study of changing population size and structures. It analyses and mathematically models the multiple structures of human populations by age, sex, place of residence, level of educational attainment, labor force participation and other essential demographic characteristics of individuals. It focusses on the determinants of such changes – in particular, fertility, mortality and migration – and assesses the aggregate level consequences of past, current and future population changes on society, economy and environment.

The Department of Demography also serves as the university-pillar of the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, OeAW, University of Vienna).


At the University of Vienna the position of a University Professor of Demography (full time, permanent position) is to be filled.

The intensive two-day program is taught by Guillauma Marois, Anna Matysiak, Inaki Permanyer, Dilek Yildiz.

Prof. Erich Striessnig and his team addressed this question in their recent research project (Following Article in German).

Due to his outstanding scientific achievements as well as due to the science-political relevance and high topicality of his research focus.

Read about the activities of the Centre that has established itself as a global centre of excellence in demography.

On 10 November 2022 Wolfgang Lutz received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts in Demography from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.