The IIASA Just transitions to net-zero carbon emissions for all (JustTrans4All) project, which forms part of a suite of projects under the IIASA Strategic Initiatives Program, will contribute to novel analyses of transition pathways that are socially and environmentally just. The project will inform policy design, aiming to achieve high levels of human wellbeing within planetary boundaries in line with the UN 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement.

The project brings together researchers from diverse disciplinary backgrounds and scientific approaches from the IIASA Energy, Climate, and Environment Program, the Economic Frontiers Program, and the Population and Just Societies Program, to tackle a number of challenging research questions. This includes questions such as how to characterize and operationalize elements of fairness and justice when assessing transitions to net-zero carbon emissions for all, and determining what we can learn from recent empirical data on the underlying factors driving transitions, their impacts on human wellbeing, and their distributional implications across diverse population groups. Researchers working under the auspices of the project will also endeavor to understand how future net-zero development pathways differ in their distribution of wellbeing.

IIASA National Member Organizations are invited to collaborate with the JustTrans4All team as they address these research questions, and to develop and apply the framework that is set to emerge from the project to their country’s context.