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: 

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

24 March 2020
Planning for future water security in China

China’s fast economic growth and accompanying rise in food demand is driving an increase in water use for agriculture and industry, thus threatening the country’s water security. The findings of a new study underscore the value and potential of technological adoptions to help design targets and incentives for water scarcity mitigation measures.  More

27 January 2020
Aging Demographic Data Sheet 2020

The updated Aging Demographic Data Sheet comprehensively presents new measures of aging, developed at IIASA, for all countries in the world and world regions.  More

On the blog:

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

12 April 2019
Exploring urban-rural differences in health risks from extreme temperatures

IIASA alumna Kejia Hu discusses a recent study on how extreme temperatures affect the health risks experienced by urban and rural communities in China.   More

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The National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)

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

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