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Nadejda Komendantova

Research Group Leader and Senior Research Scholar

Cooperation and Transformative Governance Research Group

Advancing Systems Analysis Program


Nadejda (Nadya) Komendantova leads the Cooperation and Transformative Governance Research Group at IIASA and is a senior research scholar in the Advancing Systems Analysis Program. Her research interests include participatory, multi-risk, compromise, negotiation, and cooperation oriented governance for complex policy challenges such as energy security, climate change mitigation and adaptation, technological innovations, health policy, and digitalization. The focus of her research is on governance and decision-making processes under uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity, and volatility, while incorporating systems thinking into strategic policy planning and addressing social dilemmas and wicked policy issues.

Komendantova implemented several projects for the European Commission and for a number of national and international ministries and organizations. She is the author of over 160 publications in peer-reviewed journals, including Energy Policy, Natural Hazards, Renewable and Sustainable Energies Reviews, the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, Risk Analysis, and others. She is the lead author of the draft strategy of industrial development of Kyrgyzstan for the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and of the handbook on protection of electricity networks from natural hazards for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which has been translated into Russian and Arabic. She is also a contributing author to the Global Assessment Report (GAR) and the Global Renewable Energy Report (REN21), as well as the reports of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery of the World Bank, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). She has been invited to speak at various policy events and her work has been granted awards from the Academic Council of the United Nations and the Julius Raab Foundation.

Last update: 13 SEP 2021