Wolfgang Lutz has been the leader of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis's Population Project since 1992. He has also directed of the Vienna Institute of Demography of the Austrian Academy of Sciences since 2002. He is Adjunct Professor of Demography and Social Statistics at the University of Vienna and served as a Secretary General for the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) from 1998-2001.
His main interests are in population forecasting, family demography and population-environment analysis. He has written / edited 19 books and more than 120 scientific articles and book chapters (including contributions to Nature and leading journals in the field of Population). His most recent books are "Frontiers of Population Forecasting" (Population and Development Review Special Supplement 1999) and Population and Climate Change (Cambridge University Press 2000), “Population and Environment: Methods of Analysis” (Population and Development Review Special Supplement 2002) and The End of World Population Growth, Human Capital and Sustainable Development in the 21st Century (Earthscan 2003).
Professor Lutz studied philosophy, mathematics and statistics at the Universities of Munich, Vienna, Helsinki and Pennsylvania. In 1983, he received his Ph.D. in demography from the University of Pennsylvania and 1998 a second doctorate (Habilitation) from the University of Vienna.
Watch a youtube video of Dr. Lutz discussing the future of the world's population with Dr. Joel Cohen at the Population Reference Bureau.