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Dr. Jill Jäger is an independent scholar based in Vienna, Austria. She has a PhD in Geography (Climatology) from the University of Colorado, USA. In 1987 she became Project Leader…

Dr. Jill Jäger is an independent scholar based in Vienna, Austria. She has a PhD in Geography (Climatology) from the University of Colorado, USA. In 1987 she became Project Leader at the Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden, and in 1991 she became Director of the Climate Policy Division of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Germany. She joined the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria, in 1994, where she was Deputy Director until 1998.  Dr. Jäger was Executive Director of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP) from 1999 until 2002.  In addition to contributing numerous scientific publications in books and scientific journals, she has participated in a wide range of research projects focusing on integrated sustainability assessment, vulnerability to climate change, and sustainability science. Currently she is a task leader in the ENGAGE project focusing on stakeholder engagement in dialogues about decarbonisation at the national, regional and global levels. She is also developing a manual on scenario development and analysis with a focus on climate security issues and coordinating an assessment chapter on land use decisions and climatic change.

Dr. Jill Jäger

Selected Publications

(also under previous name of Williams)



Williams, J. (ed.), 1978: Carbon Dioxide, Climate and Society, Pergamon Press

Jäger, J., 1983: Climate and Energy Systems, J. Wiley and Sons


Bolin, B., Jäger, J., and Döös, B.R., 1986: The Greenhouse Effect, Climatic Change and Ecosystems: A Synthesis of Present Knowledge, in: B. Bolin, B.R. Döös, J. Jäger, and R.A. Warrick (eds.), The Greenhouse Effect, Climatic Change and Ecosystems, SCOPE 29, J. Wiley and Sons


Jäger, J., 1988: Developing Policies for Responding to Climatic Change, WCIP-1, WMO/TD -No.225, World Meteorological Organization, Geneva


Jäger, J., and Ferguson, H.L. (eds.), 1991: Climate Change: Science, Policy and Impacts, Proceedings of the Second World Climate Conference, Cambridge University Press


Riordan, T. and Jäger, J., 1996: Beyond Climate Change Science and Politics, in: O’Riordan, T. and Jäger, J. (eds.): Politics of Climate Change: A European Perspective, Routledge Ltd., London and New York


Kates, R. W., W. C. Clark, R. Corell, J. M. Hall, C., et al., 2001: Sustainability scienceScience, Vol. 292, p. 641-642


Social Learning Group, 2001:  Learning to manage global environmental risks: A comparative history of social responses to climate change, ozone depletion and acid rain. William Clark, Jill Jäger, Josee van Eijndhoven and Nancy Dickson (eds.), MIT Press


Steffen, W., Jäger, J., Carson, D.J., and Bradshaw, C. (eds.), 2002: Challenges of a Changing Earth, Springer, Berlin


Kasemir, B., Jäger, J., Jaeger, C.C. and Gardner, M. (eds), 2003: Public Participation in Sustainability Science, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge


Cash, D.W., Clark, W.C., Alcock, F., Dickson,N.M., Eckley, N., Guston,D.H.,  Jäger, J., and Mitchell, R.B., 2003: Knowledge systems for sustainable development ,PNAS, vol. 100 no. 14, 8086–8091


Steffen, W. et al., 2004: Global Change and the Earth System:  A Planet under Pressure, Springer, Berlin


Farrell, A., and Jäger, J., (eds.), 2005: Assessments of Regional and Global Environmental Risks: Designing processes for the effective use of science in decisionmaking, RFF Press, Washington DC


Jäger, J. and Kok, M. with others, 2007: Vulnerability of People and the Environment: Challenges and Opportunities, Chapter 7, Global Environment Outlook 4, UNEP, Nairobi


Tuinstra, W., Jäger, J. and Weaver, P.M., 2008: Learning and evaluation in Integrated Sustainability Assessment. International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development. Vol (3), nos ½, pp. 128-152


Afifi, T., and Jäger, J. (eds.), 2010: Environment, Forced Migration and Social Vulnerability, Springer, Heidelberg


Jäger, J. and Cornell, S. (eds.), 2011: The Planet in 2050, Routledge, London


Jäger, J., and Moll, P., 2011: Adaptation to climate change: tools and methods, Regional Environmental Change, 11:213–215 DOI 10.1007/s10113-010-0148-y


Bohunovsky, L., Jäger, J. and Omann, I., 2011: Participatory scenario development for integrated sustainability assessment, Regional Environmental Change, 11, 271-284, DOI: 10.1007/s10113-010-0143-3


Jäger, J., Patel. N., with others, 2012: An Earth System Perspective, Chapter 7, Global Environment Outlook 5, UNEP, Nairobi


Jäger, J. (Coordinating Lead Author), 2012: Responses to Environmental and Societal Challenges for our Unstable Earth (RESCUE), ESF Forward Look – ESF-COST ‘Frontier of Science’ joint initiative. European Science Foundation, Strasbourg (FR) and European Cooperation in Science and Technology, Brussels (BE). ISBN: 978-2-918428-56-5. 60 p.


Jäger, J.,  Holm, P., O’Brien, K., Palsson, G., Pahl-Wostl, C., Chabay, I., Reams, J., 2013: Responses to environmental and societal challenges for our unstable earth,  Environmental Science & Policy, Volume 28, 1-2


Cornell, S., Berkhout, F., Tuinstra, W., Tàbara, J.D.,  Jäger,J., Chabay, I., de Wit, B., Langlais, R., Mills, D., Moll, P., Otto, I.M., Petersen, A., Pohl, C., van Kerkhoff, L., 2013: Opening up knowledge systems for better responses to global environmental change,  Environmental Science & Policy, Volume 28, Pages 60-70


Tinch, R., Omann, I., Jäger,J., Harrison, P.A., Wesely, J., and R. Dunford, 2015: Applying a capitals framework to measuring coping and adaptive capacity in integrated assessment models, Climatic Change, 128:323-337, DOI 10.1007/s10584-014-1299-5.

Dunford, R, Harrison, P.A., Jäger, J., Rounsevell, M.D.A., and Tinch, R., 2015: Exploring climate change vulnerability across sectors and scenarios through indicators of impacts and coping capacity, Climatic Change, 128:339-354, DOI 10.1007/s10584-014-1162-8.


Jäger, J., Rounsevell, M.D.A., Harrison, P.A., Dunford, R., Fuchs, D.,  Omann, I.,  and Pataki, G., 2015: Assessing policy robustness of climate change adaptation measures across sectors and scenarios, Climatic Change, 128:395-407, DOI 10.1007/s10584-014-1240-y.


O’Brien, M.., Hartwig, F., Schanes, K., Kammerlander, M.,  Omann, I., Wilts, H., Bleischwitz, R. and Jäger, J., 2014: Living within the safe operating space: a vision for a resource efficient Europe, European Journal of Futures Research, Special Issue on Future of Europe, 2:48. Available at: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs40309-014-0048-3


Harrison, P.A., Jäger, J., Frantzeskaki, N. et al., 2019: Understanding high-end climate change: from impacts to co-creating integrated and transformative solutions. Reg Environ Change 19, 621–627. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10113-019-01477-9


David Tàbara, J., Jäger, J., Mangalagiu, D. et al., 2019: Defining transformative climate science to address high-end climate change. Reg Environ Change 19, 807–818. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10113-018-1288-8

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