IIASA and Norway have been research collaborators since IIASA was established in 1972. In 1996 Norway became a formal member of IIASA via The Research Council of Norway.

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For nearly twenty years researchers from IIASA and Norway have collaborated on a wide range of research
activities. Since 2008, this cooperation has involved 18 Norwegian organizations resulting in over 150 joint scientific publications and a range of advice to policymakers working in areas from air pollution control to sustainable energy systems. Joint studies focus on the complex global systems that affect Norway, its economy, and its people. Research topics include identifying measures that simultaneously tackle air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, analyzing the impact of demographic change in Norway and investigating approaches to reducing deforestation.

Underpinning the joint work is systems analysis—one of the few research tools with the breadth and depth to explore these complex problems across multiple sectors, countries, and timeframes. IIASA collaborations are both applying these systems approaches and advancing the research methods. Moreover, young Norwegian scientists are developing their skills in systems analysis in IIASA’s capacity building activities. This mutually beneficial relationship
involves scientific exchange, with almost 150 visits from Norwegian researchers, advisors, and diplomats to IIASA, and by IIASA researchers to events and institutions in Norway. This IIASA Info Sheet provides a summary of interactions between IIASA and Norway since 2008.

Latest research news:

18 November 2021
Plotting the future

Options Winter 2021: Scenarios are essential for exploring climate change. These stories of future Earth help to reveal how we might prevent global tragedy.  More

17 November 2021
People at the heart of climate change

Options Winter 2021: Human activity is the main cause of climate change. It is also people who endure the worst of its impacts. It is a matter of utmost urgency that people are part of the solution.  More

16 November 2021
What is systems analysis?

Options Winter 2021: The concept of systems analysis is difficult to pin down, but in fact, the flexible, shapeshifting nature of this discipline turns out to be its superpower.  More

15 November 2021
The future of the river is in your hands

Options Winter 2021: IIASA research highlights role-playing simulation games as a promising approach to engage stakeholder of sustainable development across sectors in systems thinking and societal understanding of environmental challenges.  More

05 June 2021
Understanding the impacts of climate change

Options Summer 2020: IIASA researchers and colleagues from several other institutions worked together under the auspices of the Green Climate Fund to help developing countries better understand issues around climate mitigation and adaptation, and build local capacity for targeted action to support vulnerable populations.  More

From the 2019 Annual Report:

25 March 2020
New targets for improved biodiversity

IIASA researchers proposed a set of indicators that can galvanize global conservation efforts and lead to positive biodiversity outcomes.  More

25 March 2020
Feeding and fueling the world without harming the planet

IIASA researchers used the Global Biosphere Management Model to better understand the large-scale transformations needed in agriculture and food systems to reconcile food security and environmental protection.  More

25 March 2020
Citizen science for sustainable development

Monitoring progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goals requires a huge amount of data and citizen science could help fill important data gaps.  More

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Last edited: 21 July 2020


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