Please join us April 20th for a WICI Talk with Dr. Tuomas Ylä-Anttila, co-founder and co-director of the Helsinki Research Group for Political Sociology at the University of Helsinki.

Faced with the threat of climate change, some countries have managed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while in other countries emissions keep growing. What explains this […]

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Analysis and visualization of the output data from complex simulation models gets increasing attention within modelling as well as within big data analysis communities. We invite you to join a thematic Session and a complementary Workshop on this topic (see the description below) to be held at the International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software […]

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Join us Tuesday, February 23rd for a WICI Talk with Dr. César Hidalgo, Leader of the Macro Connections group at The MIT Media Lab and Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT.

In “Why Information Grows” Dr. Hidalgo will suggest that thinking of economies as computers provides fertile improvements to our theoretical understanding […]

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Join us on February 10th from 2-4pm for a WICI Talk with ethicist and scholar Wendell Wallach entitled “A  Dangerous Master: How to keep technology from slipping beyond our control.”

While most of us perceive technology as a source of both promise and productivity, there is considerable disquiet regarding specific emerging technologies and the overall […]

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We’re pleased to be hosting a WICI Talk with Dr. Jane Heffernan on January 26th from 2-4pm in DC 1302. In “Multi-Scale Modelling of Infectious Diseases,” Dr. Heffernan will be discussing mathematical models that link in-host effects to population level infection outcomes, particularly the effects of vaccination, waning immunity, and behaviour change.

Dr. Heffernan is […]

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We’re pleased to announce an exciting range of upcoming talks for our Winter and Spring 2016 Speakers Series.

First is a talk by Dr. Jane Heffernan on January 26, 2016 entitled “Multi-Scale Modelling of Infectious Diseases.” Dr. Heffernan is a York University Research Chair in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics. She leads the Modelling […]

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We’re pleased to be partnering with the Faculty of Environment to present a talk with WICI Affiliate Researcher Dr. Sarah Burch on Friday, November 13 at the University of Waterloo.

Dr. Burch’s talk entitled “Transformative sustainability governance: triggering change on an urban planet” will explore the ingredients of effective sustainability governance in cities, set against […]

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Join us Tuesday, October 27, 2015 for a WICI Talk with Dr. Vakhtang Putkaradze, Centennial Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Alberta.

In his lecture “Dynamics and control of flexible solar towers,” Dr. Putkaradze will discuss the theories behind the creation of an inflatable self-supported solar tower, as well as the results […]

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If you are studying any aspect of human-environment interactions, or interested in applying complex systems theory with agent-based modeling (ABM) techniques to your research, please join our weekly discussion group.

Who can participate: any graduate/undergraduate/postdocs from a wide range of research fields, including geography, biology, urban planning, transportation system design, economics, computer science, and theoretical […]

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Department Chair
Computational and Data Sciences
George Mason University

The George Mason University, College of Science, Department of Computational and Data Sciences seeks applications for a senior scholar with significant administrative experience to serve as the Chair of the Department of Computational and Data Sciences.

Responsibilities:
The individual serving in this position […]

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Join us Thursday, October 1, 2015 from 10:30am-12:00pm in DC 1301 for a WICI Open House. Meet new Interim Director Dr. Madhur Anand, network with other complex system scholars, and learn about our upcoming events and initiatives for 2015-16. Beverages and snacks to be provided.

To register for the Open House, please visit the […]

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WICI Open House

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Join us Thursday, October 1, 2015 from 10:30am-12:00pm in DC 1301 for a WICI Open House. Meet new Interim Director Dr. Madhur Anand, network with other complex system scholars, and learn about our upcoming events and initiatives for 2015-16. Beverages and snacks to be provided.

To register for the Open House, please use […]

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Speaker: Dr. Vakhtang Putkaradze, Centennial Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Alberta
Title: Dynamics and control of flexible solar towers
Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Location: MC 5501
Time: 2-4pm (Join us starting at 2pm for coffee and conversation. The lecture will start at 2:30pm.)

A video of […]

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Speaker: Dr. Sarah Burch
Title: Transformative sustainability governance: triggering change on an urban planet
Date: Friday, November 13, 2015
Location: EV2-2002
Time: 12-2pm

This event also included a talk by Dr. Jason Thistlethwaite of SEED: A financial survival guide to climate change: Start Saving now! A video […]

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Speaker: Dr. Jane Heffernan, York University Research Chair in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics
Title: Multi-Scale Modelling of Infectious Diseases
Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Location: DC 1302
Time: 2-4pm

A video of this talk is available below or on Vimeo.

Abstract

Infectious diseases affect individuals (immunology) and […]

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Speaker: Wendell Wallach
Title: A Dangerous Master: How to keep technology from slipping beyond our control
Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Location: MC 5501
Time: 2-4pm
Join us for refreshments starting at 2pm. The lecture will start at 2:30pm and run till approximately 3:30pm. A Q&A with the speaker will […]

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Why Information Grows

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Speaker: Dr. César Hidalgo
Title: Why Information Grows
Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Location: DC 1302
Time: 2-4pm

Abstract

Economies are computers embodied in social networks and our world is made of bits. To understand differences in income we need to understand differences in the capacities of economies to compute. Rich and […]

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Speaker: Dr. Tuomas Ylä-Anttila
Title: Comparing Climate Change Policy Networks
Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Abstract

Faced with the threat of climate change, some countries have managed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while in other countries emissions keep growing. What explains this national variation? The 20-country comparative research project Comparing Climate Change Policy […]

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Speaker: Dr. Melanie Mitchell, Portland State University and Santa Fe Institute
Title: Using Analogy to Recognize Visual Situations
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2016

Abstract

Enabling computers to recognize abstract visual situations remains a hard open problems in artificial intelligence. No machine vision system comes close to matching human ability at identifying the contents […]

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WICI Affiliate researcher Dr. William Sutherland has released a new book, Grand Rounds: Healing Wisdom for a Complex World. The book is available for free on Smashwords and iBooks. To learn more, please visit https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/564303.

Grand Rounds: Healing Wisdom for a Complex World

From the Book Back Matter

What makes for a truly […]

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WICI Affiliate Researcher Madhur Anand‘s debut poetry collection, A New Index for Predicting Catastrophes, examines the intersection between art and science, mixing “the beauty of her perceived world” with “the scintillant language of scientific evidence” in poems that “interrogate crises of personal and global concern.”

Publisher’s Weekly recently said […]

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2015 Summer Solstice
7th International Conference on Discrete Models of Complex Systems
June 17-19, 2015, The Fields Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
http://www.fields.utoronto.ca/programs/scientific/14-15/complexsys15/

You are invited to submit an abstract and/or participate at the 2015 Summer Solstice International Conference on Discrete Models of Complex Systems.

[…]

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Dr. Jack Goldstone, the Virginia E. and John T. Hazel, Jr. Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University, will be delivering a WICI Talk at UWaterloo on “Democracy and Development.” Join us from 2-4pm on Tuesday, March 31st in DC 1302 as he discusses taking a dynamic approach to graphing the relation between democracy […]

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The Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation (WICI) is thrilled to present two talks with Lewis Dartnell, best-selling author of The Knowledge: How To Rebuild Our World From Scratch (www.the-knowledge.org).

Maybe it was an asteroid impact, a nuclear war, or a viral pandemic. Whatever the cause, the world as we know it has […]

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Our next WICI Talk is Tuesday, February 24th with Dr. Derek Robinson,  an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo. He will be presenting a talk entitled, “Discovering the Themes of Complexity Science in Land Use Modelling.”

Please join us starting at 2:00pm in M3-2134 for coffee […]

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Agent-based models (ABMs) are simulation models that have been used to study complex systems in a wide range of academic fields including Biology, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Economics, Geography, Planning, and Sociology among others. Agent-based models directly represent individual actors (agents, such as animals and plants in ecosystems, residents in cities, and cars in transportation […]

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Please join us Tuesday, January 27, 2015 for a talk with WICI Member Dr. Hans De Sterck, a Professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Waterloo.

His lecture, entitled “Mathematical modelling of social spreading processes,” will examine how mathematical and computational modelling techniques can offer new ways to study social spreading processes, […]

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The next event in our 2014-2015 WICI Speakers Series is a lecture by Dr. Sander van der Leeuw, “Invention and innovation: the long term.” The event will take place on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 from 2-4pm in DC 1302.

Dr. van der Leeuw is a Foundation Professor in the School of Sustainability and School of […]

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The Economics for the Anthropocene project is seeking nine PhD or Masters students to join their international research initiative in Fall 2015. This is not only for students of economics – they are seeking to build a multidisciplinary cohort. Application deadlines are in February 2015.

For more information please visit http://e4a-net.org/how-to-apply/

 

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Join us Tuesday, December 2nd at 2pm for the first event in our 2014-2015 WICI Speakers Series.

Dr. John McLevey, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Knowledge Integration, and Sociology and Legal Studies at UWaterloo, will be presenting a talk entitled “Collaborating On-Line: An Analysis of Communication Networks for Linux Kernel Developers.”

More details and […]

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Call for entries

On November 17, 2014 By

Are you a university student interested in communication, collaboration networks and open source communities? Are you looking for a chance to win $500? Then WICI has a challenge for you!

In conjunction with Dr. John McLevey’s talk, WICI is hosting its first challenge of the 2014-2015 year.

We’re looking for short essays (1000-1500 words) about […]

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Each year WICI hosts a Speakers Series that brings distinguished guests to UWaterloo to present on topics of their choice relevant to complexity science. The series also offers local scholars and WICI members an opportunity to share their work with the university’s faculty and students, and the local community.

This year’s WICI Speaker Series will […]

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Speaker: Dr. John McLevey
Title: Collaborating On-Line: An Analysis of Communication Networks for Linux Kernel Developers
Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 – 2-4pm
Location: M3-2134

A recording of the lecture can be found below.

In conjunction with Dr. John McLevey’s talk, WICI is hosting its first challenge of the 2014-2015 year. We’re looking for short […]

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Speaker: Dr. Sander van der Leeuw
Title: Invention and innovation: the long term
Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 – 2-4pm
Location: DC 1302

A video of Dr. van der Leeuw’s talk is available below or on our Vimeo page.

Abstract

In the last twenty years, researchers have come to […]

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Speaker: Dr. Hans De Sterck
Title: Mathematical modelling of social spreading processes
Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 – 2-4pm
Location: M3-2134

A  video of Dr. De Sterck’s is posted below or can be viewed on our Vimeo page.

Abstract

Social spreading processes are intriguing manifestations of how humans interact and […]

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Speaker: Dr. Derek Robinson
Title: Discovering the Themes of Complexity Science in Land Use Modelling
Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 – 2-4pm
Location: M3-2134

A video recording of the talk can be found below.

Abstract

How humans use land and change what resides on land (e.g., vegetation) can have profound environmental impacts […]

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Speaker: Dr. Lewis Dartnell
Title: Knowledge and Civilization: Technical and Theoretical Considerations
Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 – 2-4pm
Location: DC 1302

You may also be interested in attending Lewis Dartnell’s talk on the evening of Wednesday, March 11th at THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener. He will be speaking in more […]

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A WICI Talk with Dr. Lewis Dartnell

Presented by the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation (WICI) in co-operation with THEMUSEUM and Words Worth Books

Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Time: 7pm-8:30pm
Location: THEMUSEUM (10 King Street West, Kitchener, ON)
Admission: $5+HST – includes admission to THEMUSEUM’s current […]

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Speakers: Dr. Sarah Tolmie and Dr. Dawn Parker
Title: Bridges Lecture – Dancing the Math of Complex Systems
Date: Friday, March 13, 2015 – 7:30pm-9:00pm
Location: Siegfried Hall, St. Jerome’s University (Free parking will be available at St. Paul’s)

 A video of the lecture can be found below or on the SJU St. […]

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Speaker: Dr. Jack Goldstone
Title: Democracy and Development: Getting away from Linear Thinking to True Understanding
Date: Tuesday, March 31st, 2015, 2-4pm
Location: DC 1302

A video of Dr. Goldstone’s talk can be found below or on our Vimeo page.

Abstract

The relation between Democracy and Economic Development has long been debated, […]

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WICI is hiring an Information Technician to support the WICI website, advance WICI’s suite of software and hardware tools, and provide general technical support.

For more information, please visit our Employment page.

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Speaker: Mary-Lou Zeeman, Bowdoin College
Title: Understanding Tipping Points in Climate and Sustainability
Date: Monday, August 18, 2014

Abstract:

The term “tipping point” describes the moment when a system suddenly changes state, with no obvious trigger other than a slowly changing environment. Tipping points are difficult to predict and difficult to reverse. Examples […]

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SSHRC funding has been granted to new research projects involving WICI core members Dr. Dawn Parker and Dr. Steven Quilley.

Dr. Parker, WICI Director and Professor with UWaterloo’s School of Planning, will be working with Dr. Jeff Casello and Dr. Markus Moos to examine the pending development of light rail transit in Kitchener-Waterloo, and its […]

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Understanding Tipping Points in Climate and Sustainability
Mary Lou Zeeman, Bowdoin College

Waterloo Mathematics – Public Lecture

Monday, August 18, 2014
QNC 2502
4:30 p.m.
(Refreshments at 4:30 p.m., lecture begins at 5:00 p.m)

Abstract
The term “tipping point” describes the moment when a system suddenly changes state, with no […]

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The Cheriton School of Computer Science is hosting a Distinguished Lecture by Prof. Deborah Estrin on June 23rd at 3:00pm. Full details are available below or on the Cheriton School’s website.

SPEAKER:  Deborah Estrin, Cornell NYC Tech
TITLE:          Small, n=me, data
DATE:          Monday, June 23,  2014
TIME:           3:00 […]

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Agent-based models (ABMs) are simulation models that have been used to study complex systems in a wide range of academic fields including Biology, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Economics, Geography, Planning, and Sociology among others. Agent-based models directly represent individual actors (agents, such as animals and plants in ecosystems, residents in cities, and cars in transportation […]

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Scott Heckert, an environmental economist at Alberta Innovates Technology Futures, and adjunct professor at University of British Columbia, will be visiting the University of Waterloo on Monday, May 26th at 12:00 noon to give his talk, entitled “Agent-based modelling and GIS: applications to land use change and environmental modelling.”

To learn more, please […]

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Speaker: Scott Heckbert, Ph.D.
Title: Agent-based modelling and GIS: applications to land use change and environmental modelling
Date: Monday, May 26, 2014 at 12:00 noon
Location: EV3-4412

A video of the talk can be found at the bottom of the page.

 

Abstract

This presentation will demonstrate current applications using agent-based […]

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Currently working as a researcher and data analyst at the Grenoble Ecole de Management in France, Kariappa Bheemaiah‘s previous experiences include working as a marine engineer, a french foreign legionnaire, and as a business professional. Along with pursuing research related to inequality and youth employability for an EU project, he frequently Continue Reading

Robert Babin

On May 7, 2015 By

Robert Babin is working towards an MA in the University of Waterloo’s School of Planning. After completing a BES in Planning, he continued at the school to work on a large agent-based modeling project to simulate development in Waterloo Region. Within this project he is using spatial econometric techniques to estimate heterogeneous home buyer […]

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Teresa Branch-Smith approaches complexity from a background in biochemistry and as a result is particularly interested in discussions about emergence that involve biology based examples. This can range from the study of protein interaction to the swarming behaviour of bees. Most recently she has looked at instances of emergence in near-living architecture. Near-living architecture […]

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Virginia Capmourteres

On November 30, 2015 By

Virginia Capmourteres is a PhD Candidate in Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph, working under the supervision of Dr. Madhur Anand. She works on the development of indicators and models to assess ecosystem integrity and potential under the scope of complex systems. More specifically, her interest is to develop quantitative methods to evaluate ecosystem […]

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Yue Dou

On October 23, 2015 By

Yue Dou is completing her PhD degree in the department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo. She is working with Dr. Peter Deadman on the project “Sociocultural Adaptation of Caboclos Communities to Extreme Tidal Events in the Amazon Estuary of Brazil” funded by International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Quite […]

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Chantal Hutchison

On October 8, 2015 By

Chantal Lana Hutchison is a PhD student in Dr. Catherine Potvin’s Neotropical Ecology Lab at McGill University. Her background is in Theoretical Physics with a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and a MSc from the University of Waterloo and Perimeter Institute. She currently holds a scholarship from the NSERC CREATE scholarship program […]

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Fatemeh Jahanmiri

On June 16, 2014 By

Fatemeh Jahanmiri is currently completing her PhD in Urban Planning at the University of Waterloo under the supervision of Dr. Dawn Parker. Given her background in architecture and her interest in nature-inspired design, she followed her research in the field of complexity exploring the origin of fractal patterns in cities.

Supported by WICI, she […]

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Jude graduated from the inaugural Master of Climate Change program at the University of Waterloo and he is now working towards his PhD. For his doctoral research, Jude is seeking to advance the methodological approach for better anticipating hard-to-foresee scenarios for complex social systems. Complex systems have many moving parts, where multiple opportunities exist […]

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Katherine Laycock

On February 5, 2016 By

Katherine Laycock is currently enrolled in PhD studies at the University of Waterloo, School of Planning. Her research seeks to identify barriers in local information and communication mechanisms to improve environmental planning for climate change adaptation in complex urban areas in the Philippines. More specifically, she is investigating associations and information exchanges between […]

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Jamie Miller

On May 7, 2015 By

Jamie Miller is a Sessional Professor at OCAD University and an Environmental Engineering PhD candidate at the University of Guelph. His research is based on three case studies and the application of the adaptive cycle in understanding transformations in engineering design thinking. At OCAD, Jamie co-teaches three courses on Biomimicry with the Chair of […]

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Corey Pembleton

On December 2, 2015 By

Corey Pembleton is completing an MSc in Geomatics in the Geography Department, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo, Canada. His research focuses on how urban climate change resilience challenges can be addressed by taking a geospatial approach to urban design (geodesign). As an emerging field in geospatial sciences, geodesign incorporates complexity principles by furthering understanding […]

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In her doctoral research, with the Department of Environment and Resource Studies (ERS), Perin Ruttonsha applies concepts from complex systems, social-ecological resilience, social innovation, and biomimicrymdiscourses, in examining processes and opportunities for the long-term, adaptive transformation of human settlements along sustainability pathways. She is especially interested in relational dynamics, social-eco-technological regime shifts, […]

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