Keywan Riahi is the Director of the IIASA Program on Energy, Climate, and Environment. He is also visiting professor at the Graz University of Technology (TU Graz), a fellow at the Payne Institute of the Colorado School of Mines, and an external faculty member at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) at the University of Amsterdam.
His main research interests are long-term patterns of technological change and economic development, particularly evolution of the energy system. His present research focuses on energy-related sources of global change, and on future development and response strategies related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Dr. Riahi’s current projects, among others, include an EU-ERC Synergy Grant called GENIE on negative emissions technologies and 'Exploring National and Global Actions to reduce Greenhouse gas Emissions (ENGAGE)'.
He is a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Integrated Assessment Modeling Consortium (IAMC) and has co-led and coordinated a variety of different international community research efforts, including for example the development of the RCP-SSP framework for the integrated assessment of climate change, or recently the EU-funded research project CD-LINKS (Linking Climate and Development Policies-Leveraging International Networks and Knowledge Sharing). His work within international modeling comparison projects, such as Stanford-based Energy Modeling Forum, focuses on climate and energy policies for rapid transformation toward environmental, economic and social sustainability. He is regular advisor to national government organizations, energy and environment ministries, and the Industry.
Dr. Riahi has been appointed as a coordinating lead author in Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report (chapter three on mitigation pathways compatible with long-term goals). He has served as lead author and review editor to various international assessments, such as the Global Energy Assessment (GEA), The World in 2050 (TWI2050), and other IPCC reports, including the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Assessment Reports, the Special Report on Emissions Scenarios (SRES), the Special Report on Emissions Scenarios (SRES), the Special Report on CO2 Capture and Storage (SRCCS), and the Special Report on Renewable Energy (SRREN).
Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) has repeatedly acknowledged Riahi as a Highly Cited Researcher Worldwide in two categories between 2016 and 2020.