Ilan Chabay

portrait Prof. Ilan Chabay
Head, strategic science initiatives and the KLASICA research

Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies IASS
Berliner Straße 130
DE-14467 Potsdam

Phone: +49 171 563 8381
Phone2: +1 240 888 6034
URL Institution:
Personal URL: link
Phone: +49 171 563 8381
Phone2: +1 240 888 6034
URL Institution:
Personal URL: link

Programs in which Ilan Chabay holds an official function:
KLASICAChair2012 -

Additional functions:
  • Adjunct Professor, Arizona State University School of Sustainability. Office in ASU Washington, DC Center.

  • Member of Advisory Board, University of Kassel, Germany Center for Environmental Systems Research (2016 - present)

  • Member of Advisory Board, ZIRIUS Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies, University of Stuttgart, Germany (2012 - present)

  • Member, Global Climate Forum ( (2012 - present)

  • Scientific Steering Committee, Future Earth Integrated Risk Governance Project (2010 - present)

    Key Publications of Ilan Chabay (up to ten) :
    1. Chabay, I. (2022) “Reconciling Risk, Resilience, and Sustainability: Learning from Narratives” in A Resilience Approach to Acceleration of Sustainable Development Goals, Shimizu, M., Editor, Springer Nature, Singapore
    2. Helgeson, J., Glynn, P., & Chabay, I. (2022). Narratives of sustainability in digital media: An observatory for digital narratives. Futures, 142, 103016.
    3. McGreevy, S. R., Rupprecht, C. D. D., Niles, D., Wiek, A., Carolan, M., Kallis, G., Kantamaturapoj, K., Mangnus, A., Jehli?ka, P., Taherzadeh, O., Sahakian, M., Chabay, I., Colby, A., Vivero-Pol, J.-L., Chaudhuri, R., Spiegelberg, M., Kobayashi, M., Balázs, B., Tsuchiya, K., … Tachikawa, M. (2022). Sustainable agrifood systems for a post-growth world. Nature Sustainability, 1–7.
    4. Towers, S., Kajitani, Y., Chabay, I., and Okada, N., (2022) “Narratives in the wake of disaster: comparing the 2018 Hokkaido and 2021 Texas power grid failures.” Pre-print on SSRN:
    5. Maggs, D., Chabay, I. (2022) “The Algebra of the Protagonist: Sustainability, Normativity, and Storytelling.” Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research, 1–12.
    6. Chabay, I., Renn, O., van der Leeuw, S., & Droy, S. (2021). Transforming Scholarship to Co-create Sustainable Futures. Global Sustainability 1–11.
    7. Monechi, B., Ubaldi, E., Gravino, P., Chabay, I., & Loreto, V. (2021). “Finding successful strategies in a complex urban sustainability game.” Nature Scientific Reports, 11(1), 15765.
    8. Chabay, I. “Taking Time and Using Spaces: Adaptive risk governance processes in rural Japan” International J. Disaster Risk Science (2018), online at
    9. Okada, N., Chabay, I., Renn, O., “Participatory Risk Governance for Reducing Disaster and Societal Risks: Collaborative Knowledge Production and Implementation” Introduction to special section in International J. Disaster Risk Science (2018) online at
    10. Sato, T., Chabay, I., Helgeson, J. eds. Transformations of Social-Ecological Systems: Studies in Co-creating Integrated Knowledge Toward Sustainable Futures. pp430. Springer, Singapore (2018) DOI: 10.1007/978-981-13-2327-0

    Expertise of Ilan Chabay:
    Expertise CategorySpecific Expertise
    Expert TypeScientific / Fundamental Research
    ScopeCauses of Change
    Impact of Change
    Vulnerability to Change
    Adaptation Measures to Change
    Mitigation of Change
    Topic AtmosphereClimate
    Air Pollution
    Topic SocietyPerception / Behaviour / Attitudes
    Education / Communication / Participation
    Topic SustainabilitySocial Sustainability
    Spatial ScaleSpatial Scale
    National / Cultural
    Local / Community
    Time FrameRecent / Today
    MethodsData Collection - Interviews, Questionnaires
    Collaboration with developing and transition countries ; Capacity Building

    Specialties of Ilan Chabay:
    collective behavior change toward sustainable futures in different cultures and contexts; narrative expressions of vision and identity to understand and model target states and motivations for change

    Last update: 4/16/24
    Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2024)

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