Raya Muttarak joined the World Population (POP) Program at IIASA as a Research Scholar in September 2011. After her MA in International Relations at Waseda University (Japan), she obtained her MSc and DPhil in sociology from the University of Oxford (UK) in 2008. From September 2008 to August 2011, Dr. Muttarak was a postdoctoral research fellow (Max Weber Programme & Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship) at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. She is also an associated researcher at the Department of Epidemiology, Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research in Milan, Italy.
Her research interests lie in the intersection of social inequality, differential vulnerability and environmental change. Her recent research project focuses on demographic differential vulnerability: 1) to impacts of natural disasters/climate change; and 2) in ability to respond and cope with consequences of extreme weather events. Dr. Muttarak also works on attitudes toward climate change and environmental behaviors. Furthermore, she is also actively engaged in empirical studies on a variety of topics ranging from the effects of the economic crisis on health, immigrants’ integration, to social networks and fertility.