Research Scholar in Development/ Agricultural/Forestry  Economics for Regional Studies


IIASA Ecosystems Services and Management Program


Monday, August 31, 2020

Start Date

Thursday, October 1, 2020


The IIASA ESM Program adopts an integrated approach taking into account i) interactions between different economic sectors, including agriculture, forestry, bioenergy, and fisheries, ii) synergies and trade-offs between multiple societal objectives, including, but not limited to, GHG emissions and climate change mitigation, climate change impacts and adaptation, food security, sustainable nutrient and water management, and biodiversity, iii) across different spatial and temporal scales, going from pixel through the country level up to the global scale, and from annual to a hundred year time horizon. 

The program comprises a multidisciplinary team where quantitative analysis plays a strong role with a particular focus on development of novel spatially explicit datasets and a wide spectrum of applied models; from detailed process based biophysical models to global economic models. ESM is strongly connected to the international academic community, placing emphasis on transdisciplinary synergies and applied approaches. The work accomplished has long been recognized through regular publications in high-ranking scientific journals, and the team includes several top 1% highly cited researchers. In addition, the ESM Program is recognized as a reliable partner in support of national policy making and international multilateral processes.


In the context of our research on land use change effects at a regional scale, ESM is offering a position for a Research Scholar in applied economics, with a specialization in the field of agriculture, forestry or development economics. The successful candidate will be contributing to research conducted around the partial equilibrium model GLOBIOM, and further develop and apply this model in the framework of regional studies. As a land use change specialist, the candidate will work within the ESM Program to conduct tasks related to developing national and regional level modeling and the impact of scenario analysis at a high spatial resolution. The work consists of data analysis and model development in order to improve i) the representation of land use change drivers in the model, ii) the implementation of policy-relevant scenarios in the context of national and international policies, iii) impacts on economic development. The research will be conducted in the framework of several international projects. The successful candidate will collaborate with project partners outside IIASA to ensure that local knowledge, insights and existing efforts are incorporated in the research. Tasks will be performed in support of other IIASA colleagues working on this topic and build on past IIASA policy support legacy in the domain.


  • Lead specific developments of regional production systems representation and land use change dynamics
  • Study economic and environmental impacts of land use policies and other relevant drivers by means of forward-looking analysis applied in the GLOBIOM model
  • Lead/Contribute to project deliverables, reports, stakeholder communication
  • Coordinate with and train local partners
  • Publish relevant results in peer-reviewed journals and participate in scientific conferences and workshops.

Contact Name

Mr. Michael Le Gohebel

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