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The Research Councils of the UK represent the United Kingdom’s membership of IIASA.

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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.

Research highlights:

UK weight misperception highest among overweight and obese, influenced by socioeconomic factors

A new study reveals that overweight and obese adults in the UK are more likely to underestimate their weight status and less likely to try to lose weight, especially among lower-income, lower-education, and minority groups. More

Using demand-side management to solve UK energy problems

Options Winter 2017/18: Demand side management has been recognized as a powerful tool to balance the grid and help the transition to a more sustainable system, but it will need a regulatory framework. More

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Research Councils of the UK

Duncan Wingham

Executive Chair of the Natural Environment Research Council, United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI)

Research Councils of the UK

Matthew Dobson

Senior Programme Manager, Natural Environment Research Council, United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI)



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