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).


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

The principal aim is to give students a strong scientific grounding in the analysis and forecasting of demographic developments across the globe.

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.

Population Europe brings together population experts to explore questions from the major demographic changes in the last decades to future dynamics.

Eva Beaujouan received the Jan M. Hoem Award for her outstanding achievements on the intersection of social policy and family demography.