UK national interests are integrally connected to complex global systems that impinge on the country, its economy, and its people. Systems analysis is one of the few research tools that has the breadth and depth to explore complex problems across multiple sectors, regions, and timeframes. Current collaborations between IIASA and the UK are enhancing UK expertise in developing and applying systems analysis especially integrated assessment models. Establishing multinational and multidisciplinary teams of researchers is a key building block in IIASA’s work and many productive partnerships exist between IIASA and UK researchers as this Info Sheet shows. Prospects for future IIASA-UK collaborations include developing bespoke UK versions of IIASA’s global models, conducting international assessments in areas of UK strategic interest, partnering with UK institutions to win international research grants, and contributing to UK science diplomacy.
This Info Sheet provides a summary of current interactions between the UK and IIASA since 2006 and the prospects for enhancing joint activities.
Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP)
The YSSP at IIASA offers fellowships for PhD students to undertake a summer project on a topic related to the IIASA research agenda. Applications for 2019 are now being accepted until 11 Jan 2019.
The Postdoctoral Program at IIASA offers fully funded research positions of up to two years to study topics related to the IIASA research agenda.
Currently IIASA employs approximately 170 scientific staff and 100 support staff. Preference for job applications is given to qualified applicants who are nationals of IIASA member countries.
The concept of a carbon budget has become a popular tool in guiding climate policy since the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report was released in 2014. IIASA researchers were involved in the development of a framework that can help scientists determine which factors affect the size of the remaining carbon budget and how they interact. More
The lesser-known Cerrado biome in Brazil is a hotspot of biodiversity, but it is being destroyed at an alarming rate by unsustainable agricultural activities. A study involving IIASA researchers published in the journal Science Advances, calls attention to this forgotten region and urges the international community to support measures for its protection. More
IIASA World Population Program Director Wolfgang Lutz was successful in the competitive membership election process of the pan-European Academy of Humanities, Letters, Law, and Sciences. More
Clean cooking energy transitions are extremely challenging to achieve, but they offer enormous potential health, environmental, and societal benefits. A study by researchers from IIASA, the University of British Columbia, and the Stockholm Environment Institute provides new insights about an Indian program that aims to solve one of the most difficult developmental challenges of the 21st century – smoky kitchens. More
The Digital Revolution has brought about rapid technological change, transforming the way societies function and how humanity impacts the Earth. A new report describes how digitalization can transform the world and how these changes can be planned for as we move towards 2030 and beyond. More
Last edited: 30 January 2019