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Leila Niamir

Research Scholar

Transformative Institutional and Social Solutions Research Group

Energy, Climate, and Environment Program

Research Scholar

Sustainable Service Systems Research Group

Energy, Climate, and Environment Program


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: 22 JUN 2023


Edwards, P., Juhola, S., Saxena, P., Balag'kutu, T., Bastos, A., Capon, A., DeClerck, F., DeWitt, L., Niamir, L. , Roco, L., Sioen, G., & Ungvari, J. (2024). Towards sustainable transformation: Research priorities in climate change and biodiversity. Publications Office of the European Union doi/10.2777/591057.

Alkemade, F., de Bruin, B., El-Feiaz, A., Pasimeni, F., Niamir, L. , & Wade, R. (2024). Social tipping dynamics in the energy system. Earth System Dynamics 15 (2) 485-500. 10.5194/esd-2023-25.

Eker, S. , Wilson, C. , Hohne, N., McCaffrey, M., Monasterolo, I., Niamir, L. , & Zimm, C. (2024). Feedbacks and social tipping: A dynamic systems approach to rapid decarbonization. DOI:10.5194/egusphere-egu24-20483. In: EGU General Assembly 2024, 14-19 April 2024, Vienna.

Du, H., Brans, E., Scown, M., Chen, H.-H., Daioglou, V., Roelfsema, M., Triyanti, A., Hegger, D., Niamir, L. , van Rijswick, M., Dai, L., Driessen, P., du Pont, Y., van Berkel, D., & van Vuuren, D. (2024). Bridging the gap between climate scenarios and law - a roadmap for mutual contributions. DOI:10.5194/egusphere-egu24-3603. In: EGU General Assembly 2024, 14-19 April 2024, Vienna.