The People's Republic of China became a member of IIASA in 2002, and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) is China’s National Member Organization.



Research collaborations between IIASA and the People’s Republic of China (China) have been highly productive since China became a member country of IIASA in 2002 through the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC).

Since 2010, research collaborations between IIASA and China have focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, sustainable agriculture, water resources, disaster preparedness, demography, and the transition to a sustainable energy system in China.

Research highlights: 

18 November 2020
Tackling the growing challenge of urban air pollution

How can fast growing cities keep air pollution in check? A recent World Bank report highlighting IIASA research explores this tricky question, looking at the kinds of policies and actions cities have taken to tackle poor local air quality, thus providing lessons for other cities.  More

14 November 2020
Using technology to solve the challenges of increased water demand in China

Options Winter 2020: A detailed picture of water use in China can help to identify key drivers and mechanisms behind changing water use patterns, enabling more reliable future projections and better policies.  More

13 June 2020
Accurately modeling emissions reductions in China’s steel industry

Options Summer 2020: An analysis of China’s iron and steel industry highlighted that the tradeoffs and co-benefits of energy and resource efficiency, climate, and air quality must be taken into account when designing plans and policies to achieve multiple targets.  More

11 May 2020
Exploring the impacts of climate change on hydropower production

A new study by researchers from IIASA and China investigated the impacts of different levels of global warming on hydropower potential and found that this type of electricity generation benefits more from a 1.5°C than a 2°C climate scenario.  More

On the blog:

10 November 2020
Exploring co-benefits of green cooling in China

Xu Wang and Pallav Purohit explain how climate-friendly and energy-efficient air conditioning could expedite building a low-carbon society in China.  More

14 February 2020
Cost effective solutions to manage nutrient pollution in the Yangtze

Maryna Strokal discusses a new integrated approach to finding cost-effective solutions for nutrient pollution and coastal eutrophication developed with IIASA colleagues.  More

22 July 2019
Beyond averages and aggregates

Shonali Pachauri explains why data, indicators, and monitoring at finer scales are important to ensure that everyone benefits from policies aimed at achieving development goals.  More

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Vice President, National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)

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Du S, Shen J, Fang J, Fang J, Liu W , Wen J, Huang X, & Chen S (2021). Policy delivery gaps in the land-based flood risk management in China: A wider partnership is needed. Environmental Science & Policy 116: 128-135. DOI:10.1016/j.envsci.2020.11.005.

Luo Y, Zhong Y, Pang L, Zhao Y, Liang R, & Zheng X (2021). The effects of indoor air pollution from solid fuel use on cognitive function among middle-aged and older population in China. Science of the Total Environment 754: e142460. DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.142460.

Zhao F, Fan Y, & Zhang S (2021). Assessment of efficiency improvement and emission mitigation potentials in China’s petroleum refining industry. Journal of Cleaner Production 280: e124482. DOI:10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.124482.

Tian Z, Ji Y, Xu H, Qiu H, Sun L, Zhong H, & Liu J (2021). The potential contribution of growing rapeseed in winter fallow fields across Yangtze River Basin to energy and food security in China. Resources, Conservation and Recycling 164: e105159. DOI:10.1016/j.resconrec.2020.105159.

Lu Y, Yang Y, Sun B, Yuan J, Yu M, Stenseth NC, Bullock JM, & Obersteiner M (2020). Spatial variation in biodiversity loss across China under multiple environmental stressors. Science Advances 6 (47): eabd0952. DOI:10.1126/sciadv.abd0952.

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