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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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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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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Haotian Zhang

On May 7, 2015 By

Haotian Zhang is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He received the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 2012. His research interests are in the areas of network science and design of fault-tolerant algorithms. Specifically, he […]

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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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Mark Crowley

On June 4, 2015 By

Mark Crowley is an Assistant Professor in the Pattern Recognition and Machine Intelligence group in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia working in the Laboratory for Computational […]

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Sergey Melnik

On September 17, 2015 By

Dr. Sergey Melnik is a Research Fellow at the Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry (, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, University of Limerick, Ireland.

His academic background is in Applied Mathematics & Computer Science (MSc’2003, Nayanova University, Russia), and he gained industrial experience as a Software Engineer before starting […]

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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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Rob Robson

On July 20, 2015 By

Dr. Robson, MDCM, MSc, FRCP(C) is the Principal Advisor for Healthcare System Safety and Accountability in Canada and recently served as the Chief Patient Safety Officer at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority for six years.  After obtaining a Master’s degree in Human Factors and System Safety from Lund University in Sweden, he designed […]

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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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Shreyas Sundaram

On September 13, 2011 By

Shreyas Sundaram is an Assistant Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. He received his MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2005 and 2009, respectively. He was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Pennsylvania from 2009 to […]

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Speaker: Mr. Brian Neff, Ph.D. candidate, University of Waterloo
Title: Traps and Transformations of Social-Ecological Systems: Commentary from the Caribbean
Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Category: Seminar

The adaptive cycle metaphor provides insight into how and why social-ecological systems change. Social-ecological systems literature has built upon […]

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Speaker: Shreyas Sundaram
Title: Diffusing Information and Reaching Agreement in Networks: Convergence and Resilience
Date: Tuesday, September 27th, 2011
Category: Seminar

Professor Shreyas Sundaram of the University of Waterloo provides an overview of some recent approaches to analyzing the dynamics of information propagation in networks. He describes how tools from Markov chain […]

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Speaker: Frances Westley
Title: Complexity Approach to Change and Transformation
Date: Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Category: Talk

Social innovation alters the basic routines and beliefs of a society, but the durability and scale necessary to generate this momentum requires enough interactive opportunity and action. Professor Frances Westley, Director of Social Innovation Generation […]

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