The EQU Group focuses on the human dimension of selected globally relevant policy challenges, with the aim of delineating and advancing their analysis, management, and governance with special attention paid to the design and application of equity and justice frameworks, both within the group and across IIASA.

The EQU Group aims to contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other global challenges, both in its own right and as part of broader IIASA initiatives by developing and applying conceptual and analytical frameworks for integrating equity and justice aspects into assessments of societal and environmental challenges. The group has a specific focus on ethical questions in the context of distributive and procedural justice concerns that may arise within the currently living generation, as well as across current and future generations, and explores options to enable transformative policy change towards just societies. EQU works closely with other IIASA research programs and groups to position IIASA research activities in a well-grounded equitable and just systems analysis framework.



Systems approach to EU wildfire risk management project (FIRELOGUE)

African landscape with Tsiribihina river during dry season, Madagascar


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Eva Preinfalk

Researcher (EQU)

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Katharina Schwarzfurtner

Guest Research Assistant (EQU)

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Magdalena Tordy

Researcher (EQU)

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Piotr Magnuszewski

Research Scholar (WAT, EQU)


Inequality - aerial shot depicting contrast between rich and poor in Rio

14 November 2022

Global distributive justice and systemic transformations are key to planetary stability

In a new study just published in the journal Nature Sustainability, an international team of scientists from the Earth Commission, convened by Future Earth, investigated the Earth system impacts of escaping poverty and achieving a dignified life for all. The research was inspired by discussions on potential trade-offs between achieving social and environmental goals.
paper cut-out figures on blue background give high five

10 May 2022

IIASA recognizes outstanding research contributions

IIASA recently instituted a new system of awards to recognize outstanding contributions towards meeting the strategic priorities and values of the institute. We are proud to announce that five IIASA research activities have been recognized in the inaugural 2022 award cycle.


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

08 September 2022

Co-development – more than just a buzz word

Striving for excellence and designing truly innovative solutions in science requires many creative minds from different disciplines and parts of society to work together.
Team Partnership Collaboration Support Concept

13 June 2022

People profile: From Everest to systems analysis

Options Magazine, Summer 2022: Before joining IIASA in 1980, Michael Thompson was a Himalayan mountaineer. Navigating risk in the mountains has influenced his research on risk theory, and environment and development in Nepal.