Advanced Systems Analysis
The Advanced Systems Analysis Program develops, tests, and makes available new quantitative and qualitative methods to address problems that arise in the policy analysis of complex socioenvironmental systems. The program’s activities focus on methods used to support decisions in the presence of uncertain and volatile input data, ambiguous stakeholder interests, and complex underlying systems.
People depend on ecosystems for food and other environmental services. In 2018, a number of IIASA projects focused on methods from network science that link resilience with the structure and interconnectedness of these systems.
The need to account for uncertainty when making decisions is at the core of systems analysis, be it for decisions around crop allocation or the choice of technologies in the energy and water industries.
With the advent of the internet and the expansion of the digital economy, an increasing portion of consumption cannot be evaluated in monetary terms and attributed in the traditional way. IIASA research explored the impact of digitalization on economies.
The chance that the collapse of one institution leads to the collapse of an entire system is known as systemic risk. IIASA researchers investigated this emergent phenomenon in networks and suggested approaches to its management.