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).


Older people in particular often overestimate their health. New findings by Sonja Spitzer and Mujaheed Shaikh.

Eva Beaujouan and her team investigate the biological, individual and contextual conditions related to this desire. Photo: ©RIVA, Maddalena Carrai

The new WIC fact sheet highlights what demography can contribute to climate change research (in German).

The study "Green Family - Generational Justice in Climate Change" sheds light on the role of families in adapting to and mitigating climate change.

Congratulations to Claudia Reiter who won one of the Best Presentation Awards at the 13th Young Demographers Conference in Prague (1-4 February 2022)