Socioeconomics of risk management and climate adaptation

This thematic research area looks at the significant knowledge gaps regarding comprehensive risk management interventions in terms of their efficiency, effectiveness, equity, and acceptability.

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While development and development dynamics are considered increasingly important drivers of disaster risk,  disaster risk can, in turn, constrain development opportunities. However, evidence establishing the relationship between extreme events, disasters and development varies in quality and quantity. 

Under this thematic area, the RISK program examines:

  • The relationship between extreme events, disaster risk and socioeconomic development;
  • Promising options for reducing and financing risk for disaster risk management and climate adaptation;
  • Key options and recommendations for informing international frameworks, such as the Loss and Damage mechanism;
  • The role of options for implementation in vulnerable communities and regions.

Methods utilized comprise statistical analysis, risk modeling, socioeconomic assessment tools and systems analysis.


Associated projects

The research feeds into a number of major projects: ECONADAPTFlood Resilience, ENHANCEPoverty traps, Loss & Damage, Cambodia, PACINAS (website coming soon), MEDIATION (2010-2013)

It also supported ARISE, Adaptation and Decision Support via Risk Management through Local Burning Embers, financed by the Austrian Climate Research Program (ACRP). 

ENHANCE - Improving the resilience of society to catastrophic natural hazards through new risk-management partnerships

Improving the resilience of society to catastrophic natural hazards through new risk-management partnerships More

Cambodia CATSIM: Understanding disaster risk and resilience in Cambodia

IIASA collaborates with the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) on a project “Strengthening the Disaster Management Systems in Cambodia through Risk Assessment, Early Warning Systems and Developing Building Codes” supported by the World Bank. More

Flood Resilience

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and Zurich Insurance Group have established a collaboration alliance to launch a new project on Community flood resilience. More

Economics of Climate Change Adaptation in Europe (ECONADAPT)

The ECONADAPT project provides user-orientated methodologies and evidence relating to economic appraisal criteria to inform the choice of adaptation actions using analysis that incorporates cross-scale governance under conditions of uncertainty. More

Poverty Traps

To escape poverty traps that are caused by natural disasters, low-income households need assistance from public and private partnerships that is informed by risk analysis and based on local needs.  More

Creating Policy Tools for Climate Change Adaptation (MEDIATION)

The MEDIATION project provided European policymakers with scientific information, as well as technical tools, for developing improved climate change adaptation policies More


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