Research Programs

Currently nine research programs carry out research at IIASA into the dynamics of global change

As all research carried out at IIASA is interdisciplinary, research programs work together within and across the three global problem areas:

Research in the three global problem areas is supported by research into the main drivers of the transformations taking place in our world: population, technology, and economic growth.

IIASA research is problem-driven and solution-oriented, conducted with policy relevance as its main principle.

All program work uses advanced systems analysis to examine the complex systems which are at the heart of today's complex global challenges.

Advanced Systems Analysis

ASA’s overall objective is to conduct cutting edge research in systems analysis and to provide a substantial basis for tying together systems methods and applied research on global problems. More

Ecosystems Services & Management

The Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM) Program aims to improve our understanding of ecosystems in today’s changing world—in particular, the current state of ecosystems, and their ecological thresholds and buffering capacities. More


The overall objective of the Energy Program (ENE) is to understand the nature of alternative future energy transitions, their implications for human well-being and the environment, and how they might be shaped and directed by current and future decision makers. More

Evolution and Ecology

Developing new methods and pioneering their applications, the Evolution and Ecology Program (EEP) analyzes and forecasts how ecological and evolutionary dynamics shape populations, communities, and ecosystems. More

Mitigation of Air Pollution & Greenhouse Gases (MAG)

Around the world, MAG's systems approach is framing new policies that maximize co-benefits between air quality management, greenhouse gas mitigation and other policy priorities. More

Risk, Policy and Vulnerability

The Risk, Policy and Vulnerability Program  aims to better understand the risks to economic, ecological, and social systems arising from global change and to help  transform the ways in which societies manage them. More

Transitions to New Technologies

The strategic goal of the Transition to New Technologies (TNT) Program is to further the understanding of the patterns, drivers, constraints and impacts of technological change, particularly in the areas that are key for framing global sustainability conditions (such as climate change) and to disseminate policy-relevant research findings through high-level global forums and participation in major international scientific assessments. More

World Population Program

Human population trends are a key factor in sustainable development. We study and project how the changing composition of population matters for social, economic and the environmental change and how human health and well-being are being affected.  More

Water Futures and Solutions

The Water Futures and Solutions Initiative is a ground-breaking study into sustainable solutions to meet local, national, and global water challenges. It is looking for additional partners from the development, business, and scientific community. More

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Last edited: 20 October 2014

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