Social Cohesion, Health, and Wellbeing (SHAW)

The SHAW Group’s research activities directly and comprehensively addresses the measurement of human wellbeing in its multiple dimensions with a special focus on health as a key component and social cohesion as a key determinant of wellbeing.

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SHAW employs various demographic methods, statistical techniques, and empirical concepts to comprehensively assess different dimensions of good health and wellbeing, while also considering equity in the distribution of wellbeing over time and over the life course for different populations around the world. In doing so, the group aims to develop alternative indicators of wellbeing to effectively measure development progress. The aim is for such indicators of wellbeing to be applied as long-term sustainability criteria that can help to pinpoint vulnerable subgroups of populations for policy priorities. Due to the group’s strong focus on sustainable human wellbeing, particular attention is paid to the feedback of emerging situations such as pandemics, economic crises, and extreme weather events that can pose risks to human health and wellbeing.

Latest news:

28 September 2021
Future prosperity in China is unlikely to be hindered by population aging

New research on China suggests that declining birth rates and an aging population might not hinder future prosperity when associated with better education of the young.  More

27 September 2021
The kids are not alright

Children are to face disproportionate increases in lifetime extreme event exposure – especially in low-income countries, according to new research by an international group of scientists.  More

16 March 2021
A new way to measure human wellbeing towards sustainability

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a blueprint to achieve a better life for all and to ensure that no one is left behind. The partly overlapping and contradictory objectives of the SDGs can however make it difficult to assess overall progress. A group of researchers have proposed a new, tailor-made metric that measures development based on long-term human wellbeing.  More

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07 Dec 2021 - 09 Dec 2021
Financial Times The Global Boardroom
4th Edition: Building Sustainable Growth

IIASA demographer Wolfgang Lutz is invited to participate in the 4th Global Boardroom digital conference organized by Fi... More

05 Dec 2021 - 10 Dec 2021
IIASA at IUSSP International Population Conference 2021

Population and Just Societies Program scientists will present and discuss latest IIASA research at the virtual IUSSP Int... More

05 Nov 2021
Demographic theories. Repositioning the discipline at the core of social sciences.

Renowned IIASA demographer Wolfgang Lutz will present his new book "Advanced Introduction to Demography" at the high-lev... More


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CONTACT DETAILS

Wolfgang Lutz

Senior Program Advisor Population and Just Societies Program

Principal Research Scholar Social Cohesion, Health, and Wellbeing Research Group - Population and Just Societies Program

Katja Scherbov

Program and Project Officer Population and Just Societies Program

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