The Arctic Futures Initiative welcomes enquiries on potential postdoc opportunities at IIASA. Please see guidance for applicants below.

Every year IIASA provides full funding for several postdoctoral researchers. Scholars are expected to conduct their own research in collaboration with one or more of IIASA's research programs or special projects in an interdisciplinary way. Postdoctoral positions, up to 2 years duration, should best be started between October and January.

The Postdoc candidates are kindly asked to contact the AFI well in advance to discuss the topic, contents and research plan for the proposal." 

Upcoming application deadlines:   
                      2019: 1 April, 1 October

AFI Postdocs

Guidance for applicants

A vast and rapid transformation of the Arctic and surrounding areas is taking place. Climate, environmental, and socioeconomic drivers may interact and amplify, making decision making in a rapidly changing Arctic difficult and uncertain.

Changes may increase existing pressures in the Arctic, while others may bring new opportunities.

The objective of the IIASA Arctic Futures Initiative (AFI) is a holistic assessment of the Arctic, involving stakeholders in dialogue already from the planning stage, through implementation to final aims.

The mission of AFI is to obtain holistic socio-economic-technical-environmental understanding of the plausible Arctic futures within the complex global system: research, policy and business in partnership. IIASA programs have expertise on complex systems analysis, scenarios, modeling, integrative and participatory techniques.

Ideally, the AFI-related YSSP and post doc proposals touch and increase the expertise of IIASA programs: Advanced Systems Analysis (ASA), Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases (AIR), Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM), Energy (ENE), Evolution and Ecology (EEP), Risk and Resilience (RISK), Transitions to New Technologies (TNT), Water (WAT), World Population (POP).

Some examples for topics to AFI-related proposals:

- Economic development of Arctic sectors and regions in relation to global economic and energy resource developments, climate change

- Scenarios for economic and resources development of the sectors and regions in the Arctic

- Cost-effective multiple-policy objective emissions reduction for the benefit of the Arctic in relation to technical and societal developments

- Pan-Arctic fisheries and stakeholders

- Energy resources: availability and exploitation, integrated assessment modeling

- Challenges of Arctic governance, models for stewardship and regulatory framework

- Values, cultures, beliefs and behavior of actors: governments, institutions, businesses, media, citizens.

- Human populations in the Arctic as an agent of change, a special emphasis on wellbeing of Indigenous peoples.

Print this page

Last edited: 16 May 2019


Emelyanova A & Rautio A (2019). A Century of Demographic Ageing in Arctic Canada (1950–2050). Journal of Population Ageing 12 (1): 25-50. DOI:10.1007/s12062-017-9211-5.

Landauer M & Komendantova N ORCID: (2018). Participatory environmental governance of infrastructure projects affecting reindeer husbandry in the Arctic. Journal of Environmental Management 223: 385-395. DOI:10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.06.049.

Heininen L (2018). Artic Geopolitics from Classical to Critical Approach-Importance of Immaterial Factors. Geography, Environment, Sustainability 11 (1): 171-186. DOI:10.24057/2071-9388-2018-11-1-171-186.

Landauer M & Juhola S (2018). Loss and Damage in the Rapidly Changing Arctic. In: Loss and Damage from Climate Change. Eds. Mechler, R., Bouwer, L., Schinko, T. ORCID:, Surminski, S. & Linnerooth-Bayer, J., pp. 425-447 Cham, Switzerland: Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-72025-810.1007/978-3-319-72026-5_18.

Emelyanova A (2017). Population projections of the Arctic by levels of education. IIASA Working Paper. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: WP-17-022

Tennberg M, Emelyanova A, Eriksen H, Haapala J, Hannukkala A, Jaakkola JJK, Jouttijärvi T, Jylhä K, et al. (2017). The Barents area changes – How will Finland adapt? (Barentsin alue muuttuu – miten Suomi sopeutuu?). Prime minister’s office - Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic (AACA), Publications of the Govenrment´s analysis, assessment and research activities 31/2017

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Schlossplatz 1, A-2361 Laxenburg, Austria
Phone: (+43 2236) 807 0 Fax:(+43 2236) 71 313