IIASA has a long and successful history of developing systems-based, integrated solutions and policy advice for some of the world’s most pressing problems, including energy resources, climate change, environmental pollution, land use and sustainable development, risk and resilience, and population growth. These multiple dimensions require a unique approach that can link diverse complex systems. The IIASA research framework, discussed in detail in the Research Plan 2016-2020, shows how the institute can provide the holistic, systems analysis approach that is needed (Figure 1).
The previous IIASA research framework was divided into problem areas (e.g., energy and climate) and their drivers (e.g., economic and population growth) and impacts (e.g., environmental degradation). However, problems, drivers, and impacts are closely related elements of systems analysis, and advances in scientific understanding have shown that integrating drivers and impacts can give insights into innovative new solutions.
This framework provides both the foundation for the institute’s research direction over the next five years and the necessary flexibility to modify IIASA activities to accommodate changing scientific or policy priorities.
Last edited: 23 November 2018
Models and Tools
Zhong H, Sun L, Fischer G, Tian Z, & Liang Z (2019). Optimizing regional cropping systems with a dynamic adaptation strategy for water sustainable agriculture in the Hebei Plain. Agricultural Systems 173: 94-106. DOI:10.1016/j.agsy.2019.02.005.
Soussana J-F, Lutfalla S, Ehrhardt F, Rosenstock T, Lamanna C, Havlik P, Richards M, Wollenberg E, et al. (2019). Matching policy and science: Rationale for the ‘4 per 1000 - soils for food security and climate’ initiative. Soil and Tillage Research 188: 3-15. DOI:10.1016/j.still.2017.12.002.
Fath BD ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9440-6842, Asmus H, Asmus R, Baird D, Borrett SR, de Jonge VN, Ludovisi A, Niquil N, et al. (2019). Ecological network analysis metrics: The need for an entire ecosystem approach in management and policy. Ocean & Coastal Management 174: 1-14. DOI:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2019.03.007.
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