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Jarmo Kikstra

Research Scholar

Integrated Assessment and Climate Change Research Group

Energy, Climate, and Environment Program

Research Scholar

Sustainable Service Systems Research Group

Energy, Climate, and Environment Program

Research Scholar

Transformative Institutional and Social Solutions Research Group

Energy, Climate, and Environment Program


Jarmo Kikstra is a research scholar in the IIASA Energy, Climate, and Environment Program (ECE) and a PhD candidate at the Grantham Institute and the Centre for Environmental Policy of Imperial College London, UK. His main scientific research interest lies in simultaneously modeling future achievement of climate mitigation and the eradication of all forms of poverty, with a focus on minimum energy requirements.

In 2022, he received the Award for Early Career Researcher from the Integrated Assessment Modeling Consortium, and the best student paper prize of the European Society for Ecological Economics. He was awarded an MSc degree (2019) in Climate Change from University College London, UK, and holds a BSc degree (2018) in Technology, Liberal Arts, and Sciences from the University of Twente, The Netherlands.

Kikstra's research is interdisciplinary — it is focused on a just global transition and grounded in integrated assessment of scenarios of climate change and the linkages to a broader suite of sustainable development and human wellbeing objectives. In his research, he brings together human wellbeing and climate change through energy. This work aims to gain insight into the present state of multidimensional poverty from a basic needs perspective, its relation to energy requirements, and the implications for climate mitigation pathways. Kikstra has also worked on the economic impacts of climate change and has a keen interest in the modeling of postgrowth pathways.

In addition to the above, he has contributed to several international reports. Most notably, as a contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report, he coordinated the climate runs for the mitigation scenarios for Working Group III. As part of this work, he helped to develop a community tool (“climate-assessment”), which was subsequently used for the 2022 United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Emissions Gap Report and multiple other reports and papers.

Last update: 16 AUG 2023


Waidelich, P., Batibeniz, F., Rising, J., Kikstra, J.S. , & Seneviratne, S.I. (2024). Climate damage projections beyond annual temperature. Nature Climate Change 10.1038/s41558-024-01990-8. (In Press)

Kikstra, J.S. , Li, M., Brockway, P.E., Hickel, J., Keysser, L., Malik, A., Rogelj, J. , van Ruijven, B. , & Lenzen, M. (2024). Downscaling down under: towards degrowth in integrated assessment models. Economic Systems Research 1-31. 10.1080/09535314.2023.2301443. (In Press)

Waidelich, P., Batibeniz, F., Rising, J., Kikstra, J. , & Seneviratne, S. (2024). Climate damage projections beyond annual temperature. In: EGU General Assembly 2024, 14-19 April 2024, Vienna.

Schleussner, C-F., Andrijevic, M. , Kikstra, J. , Heede, R., Rogelj, J. , Simpkin, H., & Schmidt, S. (2023). Carbon majors trillion dollar damages. Climate Analytics