Selected news by the Equity and Justice Research Program.

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

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

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

05 April 2021
Conceptualizing “safe and just” for the future of the planet and its people

The Earth Commission laid out its approach to defining a “safe and just corridor for people and planet” in a paper published today in Earth’s Future.  More

06 November 2020
Carbon pricing could prompt greener, smarter post-COVID recovery

Countries across the globe have been struggling to deal with the impact of COVID-19 and the accompanying economic slowdown. As economies “build back better”, it may be an opportune time to introduce carbon pricing to tackle climate change while generating socioeconomic benefits, according to new interdisciplinary policy research by philosophers and economists.  More

15 October 2020
UN General Assembly Side Meeting on risk informed Covid recovery

Risk and Resilience researcher John Handmer participated in the UN General Assembly Side Meeting on Disaster risk informed and resilient covid-19 recovery and took part in discussions on Understanding systematic risk for transformational social and economic policy.  More

10 July 2020
New book looks at Disaster Risk Reduction from a multidisciplinary resilience perspective

A new book edited by IIASA guest researcher Muneta Yokomatsu and senior research scholar Stefan Hochrainer-Stigler from the Risk and Resilience Program looks at the many ways how the concept of resilience can be used for disaster risk management with a special emphasis on the four priorities for action of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.  More

27 May 2020
Science for Loss and Damage and Limits to Adaptation: New insights and ways forward

A new paper led byRisk &Resilience Program staff synthesizes recent scientific evidence on adaptation limits and points out ways forward for the climate policy debate on Loss and Damage.  More

27 January 2020
Sea level rise to cause major economic impact in the absence of further climate action

Rising sea levels, a direct impact of the Earth’s warming climate, is intensifying coastal flooding. The findings of a new study show that the projected negative economy-wide effects of coastal flooding are already significant until 2050, but are then predicted to increase substantially towards the end of the century if no further climate action on mitigation and adaptation is taken.  More

09 December 2019
Climate change and the threat to global breadbaskets

Extreme climatic conditions could lead to an increased risk of unusually low agricultural harvests if more than one global breadbasket is affected by adverse climate conditions at the same time. The findings of a new IIASA study show that these breadbaskets, the geographical areas responsible for growing much of the world’s food, are at risk to produce enough wheat, maize, and soybean, due to extreme temperatures.  More

31 January 2019
IIASA Story of Cities since 2007

Michael Thompson, currently a Senior Research Scholar in the Risk & Resilience Program, presented the paper "Cities as forces for good in the environment: a systems approach" in an IIASA/OECD Task Force meeting on 29-30 January 2019.  More

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Thomas Schinko

Research Group Leader and Research Scholar Equity and Justice Research Group - Population and Just Societies Program

Denise Watzenig

Program and Project Officer Population and Just Societies Program

Program and Project Officer Equity and Justice Research Group - Population and Just Societies Program


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