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Leila Niamir

Research Scholar

Sustainable Service Systems Research Group

Energy, Climate, and Environment

Research Scholar

Transformative Institutional and Social Solutions Research Group

Energy, Climate, and Environment


Leila Niamir is a research scholar jointly associated with the Sustainable Service Systems and Transformative Institutional and Social Solutions research groups of the IIASA Energy, Climate, and Environment Program. She is a computational economist working on energy and climate change mitigation. Her research focus is on the science-policy-society interface, agent-based modeling, behavioral and lifestyle changes, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and wellbeing.

 Niamir has served as an author on several Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment reports: she was a chapter scientist of Chapter 5: Demand, services, and social aspects of mitigation, and lead author of the Summary for Policymakers and the Technical Summary of the IPCC sixth assessment report on mitigation of climate change (Working Group III). In addition, she contributed to the IPCC Summary for Urban Policymakers as an author of volume III. Currently, she is contributing to the Synthesis Report of the IPCC's sixth assessment report.

She received her doctoral degree from the University of Twente in The Netherlands on Behavioral Climate Change Mitigation in 2019 and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at MCC Berlin, Germany from 2019 to 2022.

She is passionate about promoting science for society and actively works on the science-policy-society interface. She is an elect-member of the Global Young Academy (GYA), 2020-2025, and the Postdoc Academy for Transformational Leadership founded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, 2021-2023.

Last update: 13 JAN 2023


Troost, Christian., Huber, R., Bell, A.R., van Delden, H., Filatova, T., Le, Q.B., Lippe, M., Niamir, L. , Polhill, J.G., Sun, Z., & Berger, T. (2023). How to keep it adequate: A protocol for ensuring validity in agent-based simulation. Environmental Modelling & Software 159 e105559. 10.1016/j.envsoft.2022.105559.

Savin, I., Creutzig, F., Filatova, T., Foramitti, J., Konc, T., Niamir, L. , Safarzynska, K., & van den Bergh, J. (2022). Agent‐based modeling to integrate elements from different disciplines for ambitious climate policy. WIREs Climate Change e811. 10.1002/wcc.811.

Eker, S. & Wilson, C. (2022). System Dynamics of Social Tipping Processes. IIASA Report. Laxenburg, Austria: IIASA

Creutzig, F., Niamir, L. , Bai, X., Callaghan, M., Cullen, J., Díaz-José, J., Figueroa, M., Grubler, A. , Lamb, W.F., Leip, A., Masanet, E., Mata, É., Mattauch, L., Minx, J.C., Mirasgedis, S., Mulugetta, Y., Nugroho, S.B., Pathak, M., Perkins, P., Roy, J., de la Rue du Can, S., Saheb, Y., Some, S., Steg, L., Steinberger, J., & Ürge-Vorsatz, D. (2022). Demand-side solutions to climate change mitigation consistent with high levels of well-being. Nature Climate Change 12 36-46. 10.1038/s41558-021-01219-y.

Babiker, M., Bazaz, A., Bertoldi, P., Creutzig, F., De Coninck, H., De Kleijne, K., Dhakal, S., Haldar, S., Jiang, K., Kılkış, Ş., Klaus, I., Krishnaswamy, J., Lwasa, S., Niamir, L. , Pathak, M., Pereira, J.P., Revi, A., Roy, J., Seto, K.C., Singh, C., Some, S., Steg, L., & Ürge-Vorsatz, D. (2022). What the latest science on climate change mitigation means for cities and urban areas. Indian Institute for Human Settlements 10.24943/SUPSV310.2022.