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Wei Liu

Guest Research Scholar

Equity and Justice Research Group

Population and Just Societies Program


Wei Liu joined the Risk and Resilience (RISK) Program at IIASA in 2012, and is currently leader of the Governance in Transition research area. Trained in ecology and social sciences, he collaborates with academia, NGOs and government and combines hard and soft systems modeling with stakeholder participatory processes and citizen science approaches on research related to resilience and sustainability transitions of complex socio-techno-ecological systems. His current research projects, mostly funded by international programs such as H2020, include community resilience in the Himalayas, nature-based solutions for disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation in Europe, social-ecological impacts of infrastructure development in Southern Africa, and anticipatory governance of emerging technologies such as synthetic biology, etc..

Dr. Liu also devotes a substantial amount of his time to capacity building activities, developing and facilitating serious games to enhance systems thinking/analysis capacity for a varied audience (from young researchers to practitioners). Additionally, he provides consultancy services and policy advice to a range of governmental agencies and international non-governmental organizations, often on the topics of biodiversity conservation, climate and/or disaster risk and resilience, and poverty reduction.

Last update: 31 JUL 2018


Xiao, L., Zhao, X., Mei, S., Mishra, C., Alexander, J.S., Weckworth, B., Liu, W. , Li, L., Wang, H., Zhu, Z., & Lu, Z. (2022). When money meets tradition: How new cash incomes could be risky for a vulnerable ecosystem. Biological Conservation 272 e109575. 10.1016/j.biocon.2022.109575.

Martin, J.G.C. , Scolobig, A., Pelling, M., Linnerooth-Bayer, J., Deubelli, T. , Liu, W. , & Oen, A. (2022). Transformative Adaptation through Nature-Based Solutions. In: Österreichischer Klimatag 2022, 20-22 April 2022.

Perumal, L., New, M.G., Jonas, M. , & Liu, W. (2021). The impact of roads on sub-Saharan African ecosystems: a systematic review. Environmental Research Letters 16 (11) e113001. 10.1088/1748-9326/ac2ad9.