Igor Grossmann

On June 13, 2016 By

Dr. Grossmann’s main research goal is to understand the complex processes that enable individuals to think and act “wisely,” for instance by using cognitive strategies that facilitate the resolution of social conflicts, or by adaptively regulating emotions that undermine their goals and compromise their health. He has also conducted ground-breaking research on socio-ecological processes impacting […]

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Yu Huang

On June 1, 2016 By

Yu Huang is currently completing her PhD degree in Urban Planning at the School of Planning, University of Waterloo. Her research focuses on the complex interactions within the urban housing market system and the emergent urban patterns and market dynamics. Specifically, based on a home buyer and seller survey, she will explore the heterogeneous location […]

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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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Clayton Dasilva

On October 29, 2011 By

Clay Dasilva is currently a PhD student in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo, having also obtained his Master of Arts there in 2012. His research broadly focuses on the interactions between society, technology and ecology, in particular the governance of innovations that permit the decoupling of […]

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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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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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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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Amanda Raffoul

On April 28, 2016 By

Amanda Raffoul is a MSc Candidate in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo, working under the supervision of Dr. Sharon Kirkpatrick. Her research interests involve psychosocial contributors to weight status, such as dieting, body image, and weight bias, and how they influence our overall health. She is currently […]

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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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Andjela Tatarovic enjoys learning and questionning the essence of things. Philosophy is a natural pass-time while quantifying ideas is more of a challenge, but enjoyed nonetheless. She likes learning the languages of things, and the relation between the abstract and the concrete. Through architecture, she has taken a particular interest in the etymolgogy of […]

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Madhur Anand

On March 9, 2012 By

Madhur Anand, WICI Director and Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph, is an ecologist with broad research interests in natural and human-induced changes in terrestrial ecosystems at local and global scales and their implications for sustainability. She has a particular interest and expertise in complex […]

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Chris Bauch

On September 18, 2012 By

Chris Bauch is a Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Waterloo. He studies epidemiological and ecological systems with a particular emphasis on evaluating interventions such as vaccines. He is particularly interested in coupling models of human behaviour with models of disease dynamics or ecological dynamics. Examples of research […]

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Xiongbing Jin

On July 9, 2013 By

Xiongbing Jin is a Post-doctoral Fellow at the School of Planning, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo. He is the lead developer of the agent-based WAterloo Regional Model (WARM) which aims to simulate the relationships among residential location choices, trip decisions and landscape management, and the influences of urban infrastructure and policies on […]

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Matto Mildenberger

On October 31, 2011 By

Matto Mildenberger is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California Santa Barbara. His research focuses on comparative climate policy and dynamics of public climate and energy opinions. Matto’s work explores, in part, the applications of complex systems theory to political science and environmental policy analysis. He has a […]

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Manjana Milkoreit

On March 14, 2012 By

Manjana Milkoreit is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow with the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiative at ASU’s Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. Her research focuses on the role of cognition in climate change politics, and more generally the way cognitive processes such as imagination or scientific knowledge impact the search for and implementation of solutions to […]

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Derek Robinson

On May 7, 2012 By

Derek Robinson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo. His research interests lie at the center of land use, land management, and the carbon cycle. He uses agent-based modelling to integrate GIS, ecological, and human decision-making models to evaluate the effects of socio-economic […]

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Vanessa Schweizer

On April 21, 2015 By

Vanessa Schweizer is an Assistant Professor in Knowledge Integration at the University of Waterloo. She applies approaches for understanding complex systems to socio-economic scenarios in the context of climate change. She focuses on difficult-to-imagine futures (so-called ‘black swan events’ and ‘perfect storms’) to understand risk. Her research interests also include transition […]

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Mark Tovey

On November 4, 2011 By

Mark edited Collective Intelligence: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace (EIN Press, 2008), he is Co-Editor (with Hassan Masum) of The Reputation Society: How Online Opinions are Reshaping the Offline World (MIT Press, 2011), and was editor of WorldChanging Canada from 2006–2010. Mark’s passions lie in […]

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Gerrit Van Wyk

On November 12, 2014 By

Gerrit Van Wyk completed an M Phil in the School of Engineering Management at the University of Cape Town in 1996, and an MBA at Henley Management College in 2000, and is currently practising as a specialist physician in Saskatchewan.

His research interest and writing is on soft systems thinking, the complexity of social […]

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