The Demography of Sustainable Human Wellbeing
14 March 2022 to 21 March 2022
Background Papers

Lutz et al. 2021. Years of good life is a well-being indicator designed to serve research on sustainability. Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, 118 (12) e1907351118

A webinar to kick off the cyberseminar took place on Monday, 14 March.

Invited Experts

Partha Dasgupta, University of Cambridge

Vanessa di Lego, Austrian Science Academy, Vienna Institute of Demography

Kathryn Grace, University of Minnesota

Wolfgang Lutz, Wittgenstein Center of Demography and Human Capital

Jeff Sachs, Columbia University

David Smith, The University of the West Indies

Sonja Spitzer, University of Vienna


Organizers: Wolfgang Lutz, Raya Muttarak and Aayushma KC of the Wittgenstein Centre, Alex de Sherbinin, and Susana Adamo of PERN and CIESIN at Columbia University

This cyberseminar focuses on the Demography of Sustainable Human Wellbeing with the Wittgenstein Centre, which is an alliance of IIASA, Austrian Academy of Sciences and University of Vienna). The purpose will be to vet a newly proposed indicator of human wellbeing “Years of Good Life” (counting only years of life above minimum levels of physical and mental health, income, and subjective life satisfaction) which can be calculated for all sub-populations of interest and has been tailor made to serve as criterion variable for assessing sustainable progress in human wellbeing over time in sustainability science. The webinar will also include expert contributions from producers of other wellbeing indices, including the World Happiness Index, the SDG Index, and the Planetary pressures–adjusted Human Development Index.