The latest news, research, and other resources produced by members of the IIASA community who are working to provide decision-makers with the information they need to address the COVID-19 crisis.


world map made up of immigration stamps

24 January 2023

How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected immigration?

New research finds a high variation between how pandemic mitigation measures affected immigration to different destination countries, from a slight increase to huge reductions.
Empty Classroom In Elementary School With Whiteboard And Desks

24 November 2022

How COVID-19 school closures will affect inequalities in adult skills

School closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic affected learning to varying degrees in different countries. A new study sheds light on what this learning loss will mean for countries' human capital in the decades to come.
The concept of coronavirus quarantine - Covid-19, infection marked on the world map

23 November 2022

What was the true human cost of the pandemic in Russia?

A new study assesses the number of lives lost to the COVID-19 pandemic in Russia and introduces a novel methodology that will help to get a clearer view of pandemics in the future.


Woman in poverty

20 May 2021

How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected the urban poor?

Benigna Boza-Kiss, Shonali Pachauri, and Caroline Zimm explain how COVID-19 has impacted the poor in cities and what can be done to increase the future resilience of vulnerable populations.

The IIASA-ISC Rethinking Energy Solutions Report

15 April 2021

Using the COVID-19 pandemic to transform the energy sector

The IIASA-ISC Rethinking Energy Solutions Report identifies the negative and positive lessons learnt from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in relation to energy consumption and demand, and recommends several immediate actions.

The IIASA-ISC Resilient Food Systems report

08 April 2021

Restructuring the food system after COVID-19

The IIASA-ISC Resilient Food Systems report looks at the vulnerabilities in the food system and recommends changes to move forward through COVID-19 recovery plans that prioritize society’s least protected.


Shayegh, S., Andreu-Perez, J., Akoth, C., Bosch-Capblanch, X., Dasgupta, S., Falchetta, G. , Gregson, S., Hammad, A., Herringer, M., Kapkea, F., Labella, A., Lisciotto, L., Martínez, L., Macharia, P.M., Morales-Ruiz, P., Murage, N., Offeddu, V., South, A., Torbica, A., Trentini, F., & Melegaro, A. (2023). Prioritizing COVID-19 vaccine allocation in resource poor settings: Towards an Artificial Intelligence-enabled and Geospatial-assisted decision support framework. PLoS ONE 18 (8) e0275037. 10.1371/journal.pone.0275037.

Vicari, R. & Komendantova, N. (2023). Systematic meta-analysis of research on AI tools to deal with misinformation on social media during natural and anthropogenic hazards and disasters. In: Herrenhausen Conference "Climate Related Systemic Risks: Lessons Learned from Covid-19", 21-23 June 2023, Hannover, Germany.

Rowe, F., González-Leonardo, M., & Champion, T. (2023). Virtual special issue: Internal migration in times of COVID‐19. Population, Space and Place e2652. 10.1002/psp.2652. (In Press)

Jäger, J., Brutschin, E. , Pianta, S., Omann, I., Kammerlander, M., Sudharmma Vishwanathan, S., Vrontisi, Z., MacDonald, J., & van Ruijven, B. (2023). Stakeholder engagement and decarbonization pathways: Meeting the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Frontiers in Sustainability 3 10.3389/frsus.2022.1063719.