Travel reports from WICI sponsored students pursuing research goals in disciplines related to complexity science at the University of Waterloo.

Complex Systems Modeling for Public Health Research, University of Michigan
by Amanda Raffoul


Systems theories are becoming increasingly popular in health studies, and prior to this course, I had experience in applying a complexity lens to more involved issues, such as health behaviour co-occurrence and obesity in Canada. My research focuses on obesity, and how psychosocial contributors to weight status, such as dieting, body image, and weight bias, influence our overall health. However, as I move forward into doctoral studies, I hope to continue investigating psychosocial weight-related topics and their relation with overall dietary patterns and quality among youth through a more applied systems lens. An increasing number of researchers have begun to apply complex systems research methods, such as agent-based modeling (ABM), to obesity-related topics and provided great insight for prevention initiatives.

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Exergonic Innovations: The History of Britain’s Coal Exploitation
By Clayton J. M. Dasilva

This essay investigates the technological relationship between humanity and its environment, using the Industrial Revolution in Britain as a case study of exergonic innovation, where the invention of the Newcomen steam engine transformed Britain’s conception of coal and its potential, as well as that of British society.

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