Leila Niamir

GESA 2018 participant


Region of Specialisations Iran


I am a PhD researcher at the Department of Governance and Technology for Sustainability, at University of Twente, in the Netherlands. The main focus of my research is assessing the macroeconomic impacts of individuals’ behaviour change and their microeconomic choices through transition to low-carbon economy over time and space. For this purpose, we designed and ran a comprehensive survey among households and combined it with agent-based and integrated assessment modelling techniques. Namely, I designed and implemented an empirically grounded agent-based model, the BENCH, to study cumulative impacts of behavioural changes among heterogeneous households, and with the help of integrated assessment modelling techniques, the macro impacts of these changes on energy markets, air quality and climate is investigated. The main output of my research is a decision-supporting tool for policymakers and stakeholders. During my PhD research, my aim was to shed light on the importance of individuals’ behavioural change and to highlight the macro impact of these changes on a transition to low-carbon economy and climate change.

My research is strongly entangled with climate policies, and to this end, I would like to gain further insight into the science-policy-society system. I have been involved in several European projects on climate change and energy, as well as research collaboration with PBL, Netherlands and International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) Austria.

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