Research programs

Research at IIASA is based on advanced systems analysis which uses an integrated, interdisciplinary approach based on mathematical models and analytical techniques to investigate complex systems. Currently nine research programs carry out research at IIASA into the dynamics of global change.

Advanced Systems Analysis

The Advanced Systems Analysis (ASA) Program aims to produce, practice, and prototype novel system-analytical approaches, methods, and tools which can provide more efficient solutions or solve problems that cannot be addressed by existing tools. More

Ecosystems Services and Management

The goal of the Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM) Program is to support development of realistic strategies for the production of food, feed, fiber, and bio-energy that sustain ecosystem services and safeguard food security. Today, ESM tools are used by governments and international organizations as an integral part of policy making. More


The goal of the Energy Program (ENE) is to better understand the dynamics of future energy transitions, their main driving forces, enabling factors, and barriers, as well as the consequences of those transitions for the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of human wellbeing. More

Evolution and Ecology

The Evolution and Ecology Program (EEP) analyzes and forecasts how ecological and evolutionary dynamics shape populations, communities, and ecosystems, and how behavioral dynamics and adaptations determine the fate of groups of interacting agents. More

Mitigation of Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases

The Mitigation of Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gases (MAG) Program explores new ways of delivering cost-effective reductions to air pollution that aid human health, agriculture, and biodiversity, while also yielding positive side-effects for climate change. More

Risk, Policy and Vulnerability

The aim of the Risk, Policy and Vulnerability (RPV) Program is to contribute to transforming the way societies manage risks to interconnected economic, ecological, and social systems, while confronting the global trends that are amplifying these risks. More


The Water (WAT) Program aims to conduct scientific analyses to identify solutions that can ensure global water security. This is an essential part of achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals and a stable future for all. More

World Population

The World Population Program (POP) studies the dynamics of changing population structures and their interactions with the natural, social, and economic environment. In 2015 it had a special focus on age structures with a view to re-defining age and aging in times of improving health and life expectancy and on the effects of changing levels of education for different ages and sexes. More

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Further information

Research at IIASA

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Schlossplatz 1, A-2361 Laxenburg, Austria
Phone: (+43 2236) 807 0 Fax:(+43 2236) 71 313