Societies have developed many formal and informal ways to absorb, reduce, share and transfer risks, ranging from risk reduction and preparedness to risk financing and acceptance. These risk management systems encompass potentially conflicting values and aims, such as risk reduction versus risk taking, solidarity with the victims, affordability by the most vulnerable, and the fair distribution of public and private liability. Following the successful adoption in 2015 of several pioneering international agreements - the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Sustainable Development Goals and UNFCCC's Paris Agreement - the challenge for the development, disaster and climate adaptation research communities is to support the design and implementation of comprehensive risk management policies. This should take account of plural views, evaluating policies efficiency and fairness implications. At the same these efforts should foster society’s ability to both anticipate and cope with the adverse impact of shocks, and support transitions to a more sustainable and resilient future.
Key foci of the RISK program under this thematic area are:
Our interdisciplinary projects are generally placed at the interface of science and policy, involving the implementation of stakeholder processes, analyzing reform options for risk management policy, advising sovereign states and other stakeholders on risk management options, and participating in international forums. Our team increasingly engages in trans-boundary action research involving communities, governments and non-governmental organizations, where we collaborate in order to facilitate improved decision-making under risk and uncertainty.
The research feeds into the following projects:
Loss and Damage (L&D) has gained traction since it became apparent that climate change would lead to impacts that cannot, or will not, be tackled by mitigation or adaptation. While current research mainly focuses on L&D in the Global South, our objective is to provide policy-relevant scientific insights from the perspective of Austria, a Global North country. More
IIASA is a core member of the Flood Resilience Alliance, an innovative partnership between research, development and humanitarian NGOs and the private sector that works together for making at step change with regard to policy, finance and practice of managing floods and other climate-related hazards towards increased community resilience. More
EconTrans takes an innovative integrated approach to address challenges that are deeply interlinked: reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and coping with fundamental transformations triggered by disruptive technologies. The spatial focus of EconTrans is on Austria, while its emissions perspective and policy embedding is globally consistent. More
Last edited: 10 October 2019
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Sieg T, Schinko T , Vogel K, Mechler R, Merz B, & Kreibich H (2019). Integrated assessment of short-term direct and indirect economic flood impacts including uncertainty quantification. PLoS ONE 14 (4): e0212932. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0212932.
Schinko T , Mechler R, & Hochrainer-Stigler S (2018). The Risk and Policy Space for Loss and Damage: Integrating Notions of Distributive and Compensatory Justice with Comprehensive Climate Risk Management. In: Loss and Damage from Climate Change. Eds. Mechler, R., Bouwer, L., Schinko, T. , Surminski, S. & Linnerooth-Bayer, J., pp. 83-110 Cham, Switzerland: Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-72025-810.1007/978-3-319-72026-5_4.
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