IIASA Research Projects

Achieving true sustainability requires approaches that can link diverse dynamic systems, and IIASA research projects aim to just that. Multiscale, innovative, and interdisciplinary, IIASA projects span a wealth of topics from how to attain all 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals to the equitable governance of common goods.

Large-scale integrated projects supporting major global transformations:

The World in 2050

The World in 2050 (TWI 2050) project is a partnership between science and policy that aims to develop equitable pathways to sustainable development within safe planetary boundaries in order to build human and environmental resilience to global change. More

Integrated Solutions for Water, Energy, and Land project

A new project, Integrated Solutions for Water, Energy, and Land, aims to identify integrated approaches to energy, water, food, and ecosystem security in selected regions of the world. More

Futures Initiatives:

Arctic Futures Initiative

The Arctic Futures Initiative (AFI) brings a systems analysis perspective to the future of the Arctic. More

Challenges and Opportunities of Economic Integration within a Wider European and Eurasian Space

This IIASA Futures Initiative deals with the complex issues of economic cooperation between countries of the Eurasian continent.  More

Tropical Futures Initiative

IIASA’s Tropical Futures Initiative represents a novel approach to tackling tropical deforestation through policy assessment and capacity building. 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

Global Energy Assessment

The Global Energy Assessment (GEA), launched in 2012, defines a new global energy policy agenda –  one that transforms the way society thinks about, uses, and delivers energy.  Involving specialists from a range of disciplines, industry groups, and policy areas, GEA research aims to facilitate equitable and sustainable energy services for all, in particular the two billion people who currently lack access to clean, modern energy. More

Research projects by programs:

Cross-Cutting Projects:

Equitable Governance of Common Goods

In a “tragedy of the commons” individuals, acting according to their own self-interest, behave contrary to the best interests of the wider group by depleting or degrading a common resource. The Equitable Governance of Common Goods project will help avoid such tragedies by improving the regulation of open resources. More

Socioeconomic Heterogeneity in Model Applications

Population diversity in terms of age, sex, education, and differences in income, behavior, and location can all influence human consumption patterns, and in turn the assessment of their environmental impacts. The Socioeconomic Heterogeneity in Model Applications (SCHEMA) project will investigate how these factors might affect patterns of global change. More

Shale Gas – A Possible Bridge toward Sustainable Energy Futures?

The Shale Gas project at IIASA examined whether shale gas could contribute to the transformation towards sustainability. Assessing the technological, economic, social, and environmental issues involved, the project conducted a systems analysis of future opportunities and barriers to incorporating shale gas into energy systems. More

Systemic Risk and Network Dynamics

The Systemic Risk and Network Dynamics project will examine how different types of systems, ranging from financial to ecological and beyond, are at risk of cascades of failures. As well as assessing this risk, this cross-cutting project will develop tools to help prevent such events. More

Climate community scenario framework

This project will involve the development of spatially explicit information on emissions and land-use changes for the project Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 6, as well as extension of the Representative Concentration Pathways-Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (RCPs-SSPs) framework for climate impacts, vulnerability, adaptation, and mitigation. More

Dynamic vegetation models: the next generation

Dynamic Global Vegetation Models (DGVMs), although invaluable for understanding the biosphere, suffer from the accumulation of uncertainty. This project aims to address this problem by developing the foundations of a new generation of models centered on a “missing law”—adaptation and optimization principles rooted in natural selection. More


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Kraas, F., Leggewie, C., Lemke, P., Matthies, E., Messner, D., Nakicenovic, N., Schellnhuber, H.J., Schlacke, S., Schneidewind, U., Brandi, C., Butsch, C., Busch, S., Hanusch, F., Haum, R., Jaeger-Erben, M., Köster, M., Kroll, M., Loose, C., Ley, A., Martens, D., Paulini, I., Pilardeaux, B., Schlüter, T., Schöneberg, G., Schulz, A., Schwachula, A., Soete, B., Stephan, B., Sutter, J., Vinke, K. and Wanner, M. (2016) Der Umzug der Menschheit: Die transformative Kraft der Städte. WBGU, Berlin, Germany. ISBN 978-3-936191-72-1 (In Press)

Kraas, F., Leggewie, C., Lemke, P., Matthies, E., Messner, D., Nakicenovic, N., Schellnhuber, H.J., Schlacke, S., Schneidewind, U., Brandi, C., Butsch, C., Busch, S., Hanusch, F., Haum, R., Jaeger-Erben, M., Köster, M., Kroll, M., Loose, C., Ley, A., Martens, D., Paulini, I., Pilardeaux, B., Schlüter, T., Schöneberg, G., Schulz, A., Schwachula, A., Soete, B., Stephan, B., Sutter, J., Vinke, K. and Wanner, M. (2016) Humanity on the move: Unlocking the transformative power of cities. WBGU-German Advisory Council, Berlin. ISBN 978-3-936191-72-1 (In Press)

Damerau, K., Patt, T. and van Vliet, O.P.R. (2016) Water saving potentials and possible trade-offs for future food and energy supply. Global Environmental Change, 39. pp. 15-25.

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