Socioeconomics of risk management and climate adaptation

This thematic research area looks at the significant knowledge gaps regarding comprehensive risk management interventions in terms of their efficiency, effectiveness, equity, and acceptability.

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While development and development dynamics are considered increasingly important drivers of disaster risk,  disaster risk can, in turn, constrain development opportunities. However, evidence establishing the relationship between extreme events, disasters and development varies in quality and quantity. 

Under this thematic area, the RISK program examines:

  • The relationship between extreme events, disaster risk and socioeconomic development;
  • Promising options for reducing and financing risk for disaster risk management and climate adaptation;
  • Key options and recommendations for informing international frameworks, such as the Loss and Damage mechanism;
  • The role of options for implementation in vulnerable communities and regions.

Methods utilized comprise statistical analysis, risk modeling, socioeconomic assessment tools and systems analysis.


Associated projects

The research feeds into a number of major projects: ECONADAPTFlood Resilience, ENHANCEPoverty traps, Loss & Damage, Cambodia, PACINAS (website coming soon), MEDIATION (2010-2013)

It also supported ARISE, Adaptation and Decision Support via Risk Management through Local Burning Embers, financed by the Austrian Climate Research Program (ACRP). 

ENHANCE - Improving the resilience of society to catastrophic natural hazards through new risk-management partnerships

Improving the resilience of society to catastrophic natural hazards through new risk-management partnerships More

Cambodia CATSIM: Understanding disaster risk and resilience in Cambodia

IIASA collaborates with the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) on a project “Strengthening the Disaster Management Systems in Cambodia through Risk Assessment, Early Warning Systems and Developing Building Codes” supported by the World Bank. More

Flood Resilience

IIASA is a core member of the Flood Resilience Alliance, an innovative partnership between research, development and humanitarian NGOs and the private sector that works together for making at step change with regard to policy, finance and practice of managing floods and other climate-related hazards towards increased community resilience. More

Economics of Climate Change Adaptation in Europe (ECONADAPT)

The ECONADAPT project provides user-orientated methodologies and evidence relating to economic appraisal criteria to inform the choice of adaptation actions using analysis that incorporates cross-scale governance under conditions of uncertainty. More

Creating Policy Tools for Climate Change Adaptation (MEDIATION)

The MEDIATION project provided European policymakers with scientific information, as well as technical tools, for developing improved climate change adaptation policies More


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Reinhard Mechler

Research Group Leader and Senior Research Scholar Systemic Risk and Resilience Research Group - Advancing Systems Analysis Program

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