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Population / food / health

China's food security

European rural development

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Population, Food Security, and Health

Between January 1988 and December 1994 I worked as a Senior Research Scholar at the Population Program of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). During that period I was primarily interested in the following questions:


What is the relationship between global demographic trends and global food security?


Is the concept of "population carrying capacity" useful to describe resource and food limitations to population growth?


How many people can be fed on earth?


What are the demographic effects of the HIV/AIDS epidemic?

This research resulted in a number of publications and reports.


Population, Food Security, and Health

Heilig, Gerhard K (1996)

How many people can be fed on earth? In: Lutz, W. (Ed.): The Future Population of the World: What Can We Assume Today? London (Earthscan), Revised and Updated Edition, 196-249

Heilig, Gerhard K. (1996)

Who is Changing the Land? Lifestyles, Population, and Global Land-use Change. In: Ramphal, S. / Sinding, S.W. (Eds.): Population Growth and Environmental Issues. Westport, London (Praeger), 109-128

Heilig, Gerhard K. (1991)

Crises: Demographic Causes and Consequences. In: Acta Demographica, Vol. 3, 57-80

Lutz, W. / Prinz, Ch. / Wils, A.B. / Büttner, Th. / Heilig, G.K. (1991)


Alternative Demographic Scenarios for Europe and North America. In: Lutz, W. (Ed): Future Demo­graphic Trends in Europe and North America. What can we assume today? London et al. (Academic Press) p.523-563 (First Edition)

Heilig, G.K. (1991)


The Possible Impact of AIDS on Future Mortality. In: Lutz, W. (Ed): Future Demographic Trends in Europe and North America. What can we assume today? London et al. (Academic Press) p.71-95 (First Edition)

Grübler, A. / Büttner, T. / Heilig, G.K. (1990)


Eigendynamik. Die Folgen der DDR-Eingliederung.
In: Bild der Wissenschaft, Heft 11, Podium, 136-139

Heilig, Gerhard K. / Büttner, Thomas / Lutz, Wolfgang (1990):

Germany's Population: Turbulent Past, Uncertain Future. Population Bulletin, Vol. 45, No. 4 (Special Issue)

Heilig, G.K. / Prinz, Ch. (1990)

Modellrechnungen zur Gliederung der Bevölkerung in der Bundes­republik Deutschland nach dem Familienstand, 1970-2030. In: Acta Demographica, Bd. 1, 85-108

Heilig, G.K. / Wils, A. (1989)


AIDS costs more "Years of Potential Life" before age 65 than Diabetes, TBC, or Viral Hepatitis! Patterns of Premature Mortality in Switzerland, Austria, and the Federal Republic of Germany. In: POPNET, No. 15, 1-8

Heilig, G.K. (1989)


Gibt es demographische Auswirkungen der AIDS-Epidemie in der Bundes­republik Deutschland? In: Zeitschrift für Bevölkerungswissenschaft, Jg. 15, Heft 3


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Updated: 9 October 2013