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Behnam Zakeri

Research Scholar

Integrated Assessment and Climate Change Research Group

Energy, Climate, and Environment Program


Dr. Behnam Zakeri joined IIASA in 2017, and is currently a research scholar with the Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE) Program. He has a master's degree in Energy Technology (Modeling of Energy Systems) from Lappeenranta University of Technology, and a PhD in Energy Technology (Energy Systems Analysis) from Aalto University, Finland. Prior to joining IIASA, he was affiliated with Aalborg University, Denmark, as an Assistant Professor with the Sustainable Energy Planning Research Group.

Dr. Zakeri's research revolves around the modeling and analysis of energy systems and markets. He investigates market mechanisms, systems integration possibilities, emerging technologies, and policies that enable a low-carbon energy transition. In this respect, he is interested in the study of integration of renewable energy, the role of flexibility solutions such as energy storage, and international energy markets.

Together with his coauthors, Dr. Zakeri's research on the economic value of energy storage has led to two best paper awards; one from the IEEE 11th International Conference on European Energy Markets (2014) and another from the 9th International Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water, and Environment Systems (SDEWES 2014). His work on the economics of energy storage systems has been among the most cited articles in Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews (as of Jan 2020).

At IIASA, Dr. Zakeri is involved in the modeling and study of energy pathways and their economic and environmental impacts in different regions of the world. He acts as the Alternate Leader of Sustainable Energy, as part of the IIASA-ISC initiative on "Transformations within reach", which explores the role of energy in pathways to a sustainable and resilient world in a post COVID-19 era. His hope is that his research will contribute to a better understanding of the role of burden sharing and joint efforts in achieving regional and global energy targets.

Last update: 13 APR 2021


Hunt, J. , Nascimento, A., Zakeri, B. , Jurasz, J., Dąbek, P.B., Barbosa, P., Brandão, R., de Castro, N., Leal Filho, W., & Riahi, K. (2022). Lift Energy Storage Technology: A solution for decentralized urban energy storage. Energy 254 e124102. 10.1016/

Zakeri, B. , Paulavets, K., Barreto-Gomez, L., Gomez Echeverri, L., Pachauri, S. , Boza-Kiss, B. , Zimm, C. , Rogelj, J. , Creutzig, F., Ürge-Vorsatz, D., Victor, D., Bazilian, M., Fritz, S. , Gielen, D., McCollum, D., Srivastava, L., Hunt, J. , & Pouya, S. (2022). Pandemic, War, and Global Energy Transitions. Energies 15 (17) e6114. 10.3390/en15176114.