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Elina Brutschin

Research Scholar

Transformative Institutional and Social Solutions Research Group

Energy, Climate, and Environment Program


Elina Brutschin joined IIASA as a research scholar in 2019, and works with the IIASA Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE) Program, with a research focus on bridging insights from the political economy and modeling studies of energy. In her most recent line of work she has focused on developing tools to evaluate feasibility of ambitious climate scenarios from different perspectives. In her past research she has for example, analyzed political drivers and constraints of investments in renewable energy, the role of international cooperation in the diffusion of nuclear energy and the conditions for a successful coordination of regional gas policies. Dr. Brutschin has published in journals such as Environmental Research Letters, Energy Policy and Energy Economics, and with publishers such as Oxford University Press and Palgrave.

Prior to joining IIASA, Dr. Brutschin was Assistant Professor of International Relations at Webster Vienna Private University (WVPU). After completion of her PhD in political science on the liberalization of the European gas market at Konstanz University, Germany, she devoted her post-doctoral research to investigating the political economy of energy. She completed her undergraduate studies at the same university and she also holds a post-graduate degree in EU Multi-Level Governance from the Institute for Advanced Studies, located in Vienna, Austria.

Last update: 13 APR 2021


Brutschin, E. , Hoffmann, R., Kikstra, J. , Kuhn, M., Min, J. , Mintz-Woo, K. , Muttarak, R. , Pachauri, S. , Patange, O. , Riahi, K. , Schinko, T. , & Zimm, C. (2022). Just Transitions to Net-zero Carbon Emissions for ALL– JustTrans4ALL. In: Systems Analysis for Reducing Footprints and Enhancing Resilience, 16-17 November, 2022, Vienna, Austria.

Byers, E. , Krey, V. , Kriegler, E., Riahi, K. , Schaeffer, R., Kikstra, J. , Lamboll, R., Nicholls, Z. , Sandstad, M., Smith, C. , van der Wijst, K., Al -Khourdajie, A., Lecocq, F., Portugal-Pereira, J., Saheb, Y., Stromman, A., Winkler, H., Auer, C., Brutschin, E. , Gidden, M. , Hackstock, P., Harmsen, M., Huppmann, D. , Kolp, P., Lepault, C., Lewis, J., Marangoni, G., Müller-Casseres, E., Skeie, R., Werning, M., Calvin, K., Forster, P., Guivarch, C., Hasegawa, T., Meinshausen, M., Peters, G., Rogelj, J. , Samset, B., Steinberger, J., Tavoni, M., & van Vuuren, D. (2022). AR6 Scenarios Database. 10.5281/zenodo.7197970.

Hickmann, T., Bertram, C., Biermann, F., Brutschin, E. , Kriegler, E., Livingstone, J.E., Pianta, S., Riahi, K. , van Ruijven, B. , & van Vuuren, D. (2022). Exploring Global Climate Policy Futures and Their Representation in Integrated Assessment Models. Politics and Governance 10 (3) 171-185. 10.17645/pag.v10i3.5328.