Scientific achievements in 2013

In 2013 Risk, Policy and Vulnerability (RPV) reorganized its research agenda to focus on four themes: disaster resilience, risk governance, risk management and climate adaptation, and risk modeling.

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Within these themes, RPV research makes significant contributions to all three of IIASA strategic research areas. A large set of externally funded projects also allow RPV to pursue its strategic research aims with leading researchers globally.

Importantly, a large cross-cutting project on Flood Resilience has been started with the Wharton Business School, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Practical Action, and other external partners. This work, which is being undertaken in close collaboration with the Water and Ecosystems Services and Management programs, is novel in the way it brings together scientists and integrates research work with the private sector and IIASA NMO partners. 

Following are highlights of RPV's work in 2013.

Disaster Resilience: Building resilience to "bounce forward"

IIASA is engaging in a ground-breaking multi-year partnership to take forward the discourse and research on bolstering flood resilience. More

Risk Governance: Supporting transitions in climate and energy policy

In 2013 Risk, Policy and Vulnerability (RPV) researchers looked at multilevel governance approaches in climate and energy policy, the need for improved macroeconomic governance to promote sustainable development, and the importance of taking account of stakeholder inputs in the governance of the commons. More

Risk management and climate adaptation

Managing the risks of climate change is part of a more generalized approach to promoting sustainable development by reducing the vulnerability associated with climate risk. In 2013 the Risk, Poverty and Vulnerability Program (RPV) looked at various aspects of minimizing risk ahead of adverse weather-related impacts, including extreme events.   More

Risk modeling

Comprehensive modeling of the effects of climate change, including extreme events, by RPV  involves advanced techniques and takes into account stakeholder requests and needs.  More


Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, USA;
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC);
Practical Action, UK.

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