Advisory Board

Our advisory board serves as extended network for our project team. Besides supporting our researchers with relevant contacts, we aim at writing joint publications with board members, and invite them to reFUEL public events as guest lecturerers.


Aline Mosnier

is a Research Scholar with IIASA’s Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM) Program. Dr. Mosnier holds a PhD degree in agricultural economics from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. She has developed a methodology to introduce tariffs in the GLOBIOM model and calibrate international trade for 18 crops and 6 livestock products across 30 regions. She has also worked on the impact of regional biofuels policies on global GHG emissions, tropical deforestation and climate change impact and adaptation.


Alvaro Irribarem

is a Systems Analyst and spatial modeling researcher at the International Institute for Sustainability in Rio de Janeiro (IIS-Rio).  Alvaro has worked on land-use modeling and the valuation of ecosystem services for the Amazon, and for the state of São Paulo, Brazil. He has also worked  on scenarios of biodiversity loss for the Cerrado, and on bio-economic simulations to support better pasture management techniques and integrated crop-livestock systems in Mato Grosso, Brazil.

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Anja Bauer

is a political scientist, working at the Department of Science and Technology Studies at the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt and the Institute of Technology Assessment (ITA) at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. She researches and teaches in the areas of environmental, sustainability and technology governance with a special interest in the role of expertise, anticipation and participation in policy-making. In her current research project “CoMoPA – Computational Modelling in Policy Advice” she analyses the epistemic and political characteristics of computer modelling and simulations in different policy areas.


Arzu Sedef

is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Law at the BOKU University where she researches mainly in the fields of information technology, intellectual property and data protection law. She holds a PhD degree from the University of Vienna and a postgraduate Master degree from the University of Hanover and Leuven. She has previously worked as a lawyer and as a senior legal counsel with a bank. She will support the reFUEL team in legal questions related to open data and open source.


Daniel Huppmann

is a Research Scholar at IIASA since 2015. He is the lead developer of the open-source MESSAGEix integrated-assessment modeling framework and an author of the IPCC’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, where he led the compilation and assessment of a scenario ensemble of model-based, quantitative climate change mitigation pathways in the context of sustainable development.


Elisabeth Wetterlund

is an Associate Professor in Energy Engineering at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden, as well as a Guest Research Scholar at IIASA, Austria. Her research focuses on modeling and analysis of energy systems, in particular related to forest biomass, biorefineries, biofuels for transportation, and integration with industries or local or regional energy systems.


Jessica Jewell

is an assistant professor in Energy Transitions at Chalmers University and Adjunct Associate Professor at University of Bergen. Her work focuses on identifying politically feasible solutions to climate and energy challenges.

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Jinyue Yan 

is a Professor of Energy Engineering at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and at Mälardalen University, Sweden. He is a Director of the Future Energy Profile and an Editor-in-Chief of Applied Energy, and Editor-in-Chief of Handbook of Clean Energy Systems (Wiley). He is an academician of European Academy of Sciences and Arts.

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Marianne Zeyringer

is Associate Professor at the Department of Technology Systems, University of Oslo. Previously, she was Senior Research Associate at the UCL Energy Institute where she assessed the design of renewable focused powersystems. She holds a joint PhD degree in energy systems modelling from Utrecht and BOKU University and has previously worked at the European Commission Joint Research Centre for Energy and Transport


Melanie Pichler

holds a PhD in political science and works on political ecology, environmental conflicts and the politics of social-ecological transformations. She is currently a senior researcher at the Institute of Social Ecology, BOKU University, Vienna.



Patrick Scherhaufer

is working as a political scientist at the Institute of Forest, Environmental and Natural Resource Policy, BOKU University, Vienna. His fields of expertise are energy democracy, participation, stakeholder integration and inter- and transdisciplinary research. In recent years, he focused on understanding the acceptance of wind power in Austria.


Simone Gingrich

is a trained ecologist and works in the interdisciplinary field of long-term socio-ecological research at the Institute of Social Ecology, BOKU University, Vienna. She studies industrialization processes from a biophysical perspective, with a particular focus on the interactions of land use and energy use. Currently she investigates the net climate change mitigation effect of forest transitions across different spatio-temporal scales and case studies.