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Demographic theories. Repositioning the discipline at the core of social sciences

Nov 05 2021

Advanced Introduction to Demography

Decision-makers in the policy arena are discussing the three Ds which will drive our future: demographic change, decarbonization and digitalization. While the relevance of demography is widely acknowledged, the discipline itself needs to strengthen its position at the core of social sciences. More coordinated efforts are needed to describe the dynamics and the societal impact of population developments with the predictive power of multi-dimensional demographic theories, argues Wolfgang Lutz, one of the most influential scholars in European and Global demography, in his most recent publication. In this event, a select group of eminent international demographers will discuss with the author and the audience the challenges ahead.


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Wolfgang Lutz, Founding Director of the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, OeAW, University of Vienna) and Professor of Demography, University of Vienna.


Discussion Panel

Alícia Adsera, Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer in Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

Francesco C. Billari, Professor of Demography and Dean of the Faculty at Bocconi University, Milan, Honorary President of the European Association for Population Studies

Joshua R. Goldstein, Director of the Berkeley Population Center and Professor of Demography, University of California, Berkeley

Leiwen Jiang, Founding director and Professor, Asian Demographic Research Institute, Shanghai University, Shanghai, China, and Senior Associate, Population Council, New York

Landy Lizbeth Sánchez Peña, Chair of the Center for Demographic, Urban and Environmental Studies, El Colegio de México, Mexico City



Andreas Edel, Executive Secretary of Population Europe and Research Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research

Nico van Nimwegen, Secretary General, International Union for the Scientific Study of Population



Wolfgang Lutz, “Advanced Introduction to Demography” (Elgar Advanced Introductions series), Edward Elgar Publishing: Cheltenham, Northampton, Massachusetts 2021

International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, Population Europe and Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital
Online, Zoom