18 September 2015
The special issue serves as a follow-up to the IIASA 40th Anniversary Conference in 2012, Worlds Within Reach: From Science to Policy. Studies in the journal focus on two major themes: dealing with uncertainty in integrated analyses of human-environment systems; and social, technical and institutional transformations in response to global sustainability challenges.
The issue was co-edited by independent scholar and former IIASA Deputy Director Jill Jaeger, IIASA Deputy Director General Nebojsa Nakicenovic, IIASA Advanced Systems Analysis Program Director Elena Rovenskaya, and IIASA researchers Sabine Fuss, Samir K.C., and Fabian Wagner.
Jaeger says, “After a long period of paper submission, peer review and revision, all papers in the special issue have been published. The final product reflects the range of important topics discussed at IIASA’s 40th Anniversary Conference and research challenges for the future.”
Rovenskaya says, “This special issue presents innovative examples of IIASA work which aim to advance the methodologies of systems analysis necessary for analysis of earth system challenges. Systems analysis as an approach to study complex human-environmental systems was introduced about 50 years ago. Despite a lot of progress in methodology and applications, we still do not have a comprehensive framework of tools to support the solution of the huge social, environmental, technological and economic challenges that society is facing. This is because of the complex, uncertain, and changing nature of these challenges.”
The special issue includes research articles on a number of topics from across IIASA’s research agenda, including food security, energy and climate, forestry, pollution, sustainable development, population, and citizen science. In addition, several articles focus on the treatment of uncertainty in systems analysis and modeling.
Nakicenovic says, “The IIASA 40th Anniversary Conference brought together leaders of the scientific, policy, and business communities. The articles in this special issue provide an important follow-up to the conference, highlighting the breadth and depth of systems analysis research in solving issues of global change.”
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Emeritus Research Scholar Transformative Institutional and Social Solutions Research Group - Energy, Climate, and Environment Program
Program Director and Principal Research Scholar Advancing Systems Analysis Program
11 Nov 2015 - 13 Nov 2015
IIASA 40th Anniversary Conference 2012
Worlds Within Reach: From Science to Policy
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