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.

News

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.
Close-up of someone's finger clicking on Twitter app on a tablet

19 October 2022

Why do COVID-19 conspiracy theories persist on social media?

IIASA researchers have analyzed the discussion on eight different conspiracy theories that was spread widely on Twitter during the pandemic. Their work makes it possible to not only estimate the number of conspiracy related tweets, but also to compare the theories among themselves and identify patterns in their discussion.

Blog

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.

Publications

Sperling, F., Havlik, P. , Denis, M., Valin, H. , Palazzo, A. , Gaupp, F., & Visconti, P. (2022). Toward resilient food systems after COVID-19. Current Research in Environmental Sustainability 4 e100110. 10.1016/j.crsust.2021.100110.

Di Giulio, P., Goujon, A. , Marois, G. , & Goldstein, J., eds. (2022). Vienna Yearbook of Population Research 2022: Special Issue on Demographic Aspects of the COVID-19 Pandemic and its Consequences. Vienna, Austria: Austrian Academy of Sciences.

Chang, S.E., Brown, C., Handmer, J., Helgeson, J., Kajitani, Y., Keating, A., Noy, I., Watson, M., Derakhshan, S., Kim, J., & Roa-Henriquez, A. (2022). Business recovery from disasters: Lessons from natural hazards and the COVID-19 pandemic. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 80 e103191. 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2022.103191.