Photo: Dr Michael Obersteiner © IIASA
Michael Obersteiner will be joining the ECI one-day-a-week from October 2019 to lead the institute together with Friederike Otto. He will join the ECI full time from summer 2020 onwards.
Michael Obersteiner has been appointed director of ECI and joins the institute from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), where he is currently the Director of the Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM) Program.
Obersteiner joined the IIASA Forestry Program in 1993 and has been leading and developing the ESM Program, which is currently the largest research program at IIASA with over 100 staff, since 2011. His background includes the fields of global terrestrial ecosystems and economics, having completed graduate studies both in Austria (BOKU University and Institute for Advanced Studies Vienna) and abroad (Columbia University, New York and Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk). His research experience stretches from biophysical modelling in the areas of ecosystems, forestry and agriculture to economics, finance and integrated assessment.
Under his leadership several national and international organizations, including inter alia the European Commission, WWF, OECD, and other national and international institutions have received science-based policy advice using quantitative modelling techniques. He is author of over 250 scientific papers covering many disciplinary science fields.