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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. She 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 has served as an author on several Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment reports: she was a chapter scientist of Chapter 5: Demand, services, and social aspects of mitigation, and lead author of the Summary for Policymakers and the Technical Summary of the IPCC sixth assessment report on mitigation of climate change (Working Group III). In addition, she contributed to the IPCC Summary for Urban Policymakers as an author of volume III. Currently, she is contributing to the Synthesis Report of the IPCC’s sixth assessment report.

She received her doctoral degree from the University of Twente in The Netherlands on Behavioral Climate Change Mitigation in 2019 and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at MCC Berlin, Germany from 2019 to 2022.


Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity 2022

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