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12 January 2022
"Climate Modernity" - The 24H Challenge: How do we want to live and act in the future in Styria ?

IIASA supports the provincial government of Styria in co-creating together with a representative sample of the Styrian population courageous and positive visions for a low-carbon and climate resilient future.  More

11 January 2022
Health fears can increase pandemic isolation habits in older Europeans

A new study has found that older Europeans are more likely to stick to pandemic rules if they think they are unhealthier than they actually are.  More

13 December 2021
Exploring the link between access to electricity and fertility

Access to electricity and modern cooking fuels, especially for women in the Global South, leads to time savings in the home, improved health, and better access to information, which in turn increase the wellbeing of women and allow them to make informed reproductive choices, according to a new study just published in Nature Sustainability.  More

01 December 2021
The PHUSICOS Simulation: Exploring NBS governance settings by playing

The PHUSICOS project has recently developed a serious game on learning innovation to simulate the complex governance setting of stakeholders  More

07 October 2021
Achieving just transitions to a net-zero world

Only a minority of the global population currently enjoy high levels of wellbeing, while many are experiencing multidimensional poverty. A new IIASA strategic initiative – JustTrans4All – aims to improve our understanding of how to make the needed transitions more just.  More

28 September 2021
Future prosperity in China is unlikely to be hindered by population aging

New research on China suggests that declining birth rates and an aging population might not hinder future prosperity when associated with better education of the young.  More

27 September 2021
The kids are not alright

Children are to face disproportionate increases in lifetime extreme event exposure – especially in low-income countries, according to new research by an international group of scientists.  More

20 September 2021
makingAchange Project

Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) accompanied IIASA researchers during peer-to-peer training for students  More

01 September 2021
Building fairness into decision making

The fairSTREAM project just launched under the auspices of the IIASA Strategic Initiatives Program, aims to develop and demonstrate a co-production methodology for including equity and justice (fairness) alongside efficiency in developing sustainable policy options across the food-water-biodiversity nexus.  More

16 March 2021
A new way to measure human wellbeing towards sustainability

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a blueprint to achieve a better life for all and to ensure that no one is left behind. The partly overlapping and contradictory objectives of the SDGs can however make it difficult to assess overall progress. A group of researchers have proposed a new, tailor-made metric that measures development based on long-term human wellbeing.  More

26 February 2021
New Master’s Programme Global Demography

The Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital (IIASA, OeAW, University of Vienna) starts a new Master's Programme 'Global Demography' in October 2021.  More

11 February 2021
Raising climate ambitions could save millions of lives

Adopting policies that are consistent with achieving the Paris Agreement and prioritize health, could annually save 6.4 million lives due to healthier diets, 1.6 million lives due to cleaner air, and 2.1 million lives due to increased physical activity, according to new research.  More

09 February 2021
Quality education essential to closing the growing global skills gap

With rapid educational expansion in many developing countries, much progress has been made in terms of access to education. According to a new IIASA-led study, being in school is however not the same as learning and this expansion in quantity may come at the expense of quality, with the possible negative implications of the current COVID-19 pandemic on schooling possibly exacerbating the situation.  More

05 February 2021
Advancing scientific cooperation on pandemic research

IIASA and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) are proud to announce the winners of their joint call for research proposals around the COVID-19 pandemic.  More



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