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International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Energy, Climate, and Environment Research Program

Schlossplatz 1
A-2361 Laxenburg

Research Interests



Leila is a research scholar at the Energy, Climate, and Environment Program of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria. In addition to her association with IIASA, Niamir is a research fellow at Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) and the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany. She also serves as an author and chapter scientist in Working Group III (mitigation of climate change) of the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Leila is a computational economist working on energy and climate change mitigation. Her research focus is on the science-policy-society interface, agent-based modelling, behavioural and lifestyle changes, SDGs, and wellbeing. Leila received her doctoral degree from the University of Twente in The Netherlands in 2019 and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at MCC Berlin, Germany from 2019 to 2022. The outcome of her research has been recognized and awarded several times as well as received many individual research grants. She also has been involved in several EUFP7 and Horizon2020 European projects on climate change mitigation and adaptation as an energy-climate model developer and policy researcher.


Young Academy for Sustainability Research funded by by Eva Mayr-Stihl Stiftung

Robert Bosch Stiftung Academy for Transformational Leadership

Young Scientist with Distinction Award of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) & Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE)

Young Scientist Award of the Dutch Research Council (NWO)

Global Diversity Foundation and Rolex Scholarship