Systemic Risk and Resilience (SYRR) aims to assess and support the management of systemic anthropogenic and environmental risks.

The SYRR research group analyses the increasingly systemic socio-ecological risks associated with global and local change, and with policy, practice and civil society co-generates options for building resilience. 

Global change through rising physical and social interdependencies is leading to increasingly systemic and existential risks that lead to cascading impacts and potentially intolerable burdens on communities and societies across the world.

SYRR develops and applies agile systems science to address social-ecological risks that are embedded in complex systems and characterised by potentially cascading, irreversible and existential consequences. We identify risk drivers, model network interactions, assess probabilistic outcomes and co-develop stakeholder-driven options with policy, practice and civil society that are applicable across scales. Our approach for addressing existential and systemic risk combines advanced quantitative modeling and qualitative research with empirical assessment and soft systems analysis.  

Studying systemic risk and resilience in this context includes:  

  • Taking a systems approach for understanding and modelling the interconnected drivers of multiple and compound risks across scales.
  • Utilizing a network perspective for studying complexity in socio-ecological systems.
  • Analysing failure and limits of conventional risk management and adaptation in complex, dynamic and adaptive systems.
  • Developing and carrying out empirical and process-based resilience measurement for addressing key risks.
  • Generating systemic resilience in relevant local to global socio-ecological systems through co-generating effective and applicable policy options that address risks as well as create developmental co-benefits. 

We focus, inter alia, on risk and resilience associated with climate change, disasters, food webs, finance and pandemics. SYRR work builds on activities and experience gained from the previous IIASA programs on Risk and Resilience (RISK) as well as Advanced Systems Analysis (ASA) and Evolution and Ecology (EEP).

Projects

Vietnam

Smart Policy Support for Integrated Climate Risk Management (SMARTSUPPORT)

Staff

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Naomi Rubenstein

Guest Research Scholar (SYRR)

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Adriana Keating

Guest Research Scholar (SYRR)

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Dipesh Chapagain

Guest Research Assistant (SYRR)

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Robert Sakic Trogrlic

Research Scholar (SYRR)

News

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07 December 2022

Reinhard Mechler joins Advisory Committee on Climate Resilience of the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP)

CGAP is a global partnership of more than 30 leading development organizations that works to advance the lives of poor people, especially women, through financial inclusion.
Aerial view of flooding, devastation after natural disaster

09 November 2022

Urgent need to address climate-related losses and damages

With COP27 underway in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, the subject of climate-related losses and damages is once again expected to take center stage. IIASA contributed to a new policy brief by the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance, of which IIASA is a member, which provides important facts, figures, and context that outline just how vital it is that progress is made on this issue.
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29 April 2022

Brian Fath receives Board of Regents Faculty Award

Senior IIASA researcher and Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) Scientific Coordinator, Brian Fath, has received the 2022 University System of Maryland Board of Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in research, scholarship, and creativity.

Focus

05 December 2022

In pursuit of resilience at 1.5°C

Options Magazine, Winter 2022: How would your community cope if floods or wildfires raced through it? With a 1.5°C rise in global temperature drawing nearer, such crises become more likely, but it is hard to gauge how prepared communities are. Does everyone have savings in place? Could schools remain open? Do people know the flood drill?
In pursuit of resilience at 1.5degC

04 December 2022

IIASA and Austria: supporting Austria into a sustainable future

Options Magazine, Winter 2022: IIASA researchers have been working closely with all levels of Austrian society including scientific institutions, policymakers, and the public to help the country move towards a more sustainable and just future.
IIASA and Austria

28 November 2022

Analyzing urban metabolism in Beijing

Options Magazine, Winter 2022: A new comprehensive study on the urban metabolism of Beijing clarifies the impact of buildings, infrastructure, and goods on the city and its residents.
Regional impacts

Publications