ASA’s innovations in methodology and exploratory applications to case studies respond to IIASA’s Strategic Plan 2011-2020, which, in particular, emphasizes the need for “innovation and exploration ... to cope with rapid changes and new crises and opportunities”, suggesting that “A new infusion of advanced systems analysis models and techniques in the exploratory and innovative research projects … will help IIASA to achieve international recognition as the leader in systems analysis and integrated assessments on a global scale.”
ASA’s mission is to develop, test, and make available new quantitative and qualitative methods from areas including mathematics, statistics, operations research, and management science for addressing problems arising in the policy analysis of complex socio-environmental systems.
Thereby, ASA’s activities advance IIASA’s ability to conduct research to improve human and societal well-being, as well as environmental quality by allowing for solving problems that cannot be addressed by existing tools and by enabling solving problems more efficiently.
The above listed challeneges are relevant to a vast array of particular instances of socio-environmental systems. Specifically, we consider (this list is certainly not exhaustive)
To be able to develop and advance the above listed capabilities, we employ
Some selected highlights in the current research cycle (2016-2020) are
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