IIASA Deputy Director of Science Leena Srivastava and researchers Reinhard Mechler, Teresa Deubelli, and John Handmer will contribute to sessions focusing on systemic risk and resilience at the world’s first transdisciplinary gathering in sustainability in Brisbane, Australia.

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The first annual Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress (SRI) unites global sustainability leaders, experts, industry, and innovators to inspire action and promote a sustainability transformation. It will be a space of fierce advocacy for sustainability scholarship, innovation, collaboration, and action.

Srivastava, as well as Mechler and Deubelli from the IIASA Systemic Risk and Resilience Research Group, will provide insights drawn from their pioneering work identifying the role of transformational change and adaptation in order to turn risk into resilience through systemic interventions.

The congress is being held both online and onsite.

IIASA Participation:

Monday 14 June 2021

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM CEST

Session: Disaster and Climate Resilience in a Changing Climate - Transformations to Manage Systemic Risk

Lead: Reinhard Mechler and Teresa M Deubelli, Systemic Risk and Resilience Research Group, IIASA Advancing Systems Analysis Program  

9:00-10:30AM CEST

Session: A Dialogue Forum: To Distill from Experiences of Stakeholders, Scalable Strategies for Disaster Risk Reduction and Societal Resilience Building

John Handmer, Equity and Justice Research Group, IIASA Population and Just Societies Program 

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CEST

Session: Understanding Systemic Risks: Perspectives from a Knowledge Action Network Reinhard Mechler with Risk Knowledge-Action Network on Emergent Risks and Extreme Events (RISK KAN)

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM CEST 

Plenary 3: Building Resilience for a post-Covid World

Leena Srivastava, Deputy Director General for Science, IIASA.

*Please note during the session at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CEST Mechler and Deubelli will present two recent publications on the role of transformation for managing increasingly systemic and existential risks.


Mechler, R. & Deubelli, T. (2021). Finance for Loss and Damage: a comprehensive risk analytical approach. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 50, 185-196. 10.1016/j.cosust.2021.03.012.


Deubelli, T.M. & Mechler, R. (2021). Perspectives on transformational change in climate risk management and adaptation. Environmental Research Letters 16, e053002. 10.1088/1748-9326/abd42d.

About SRI

SRI is a joint initiative of Future Earth and the Belmont Forum. Australia, who hosts the congress in 2021, has a unique role to play in the global community as a conduit between the Global North and the Global South, indigenous peoples, and traditional sustainability practices. The local hosting consortium, led by Future Earth Australia and CSIRO, features academia and government partners from Brisbane and the State of Queensland to meet the breadth of the SRI2021 agenda.

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