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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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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Milton Friesen

On September 6, 2011 By

Milton Friesen’s work includes serving on the executive team of Cardus, a public policy think tank, in addition to pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Waterloo, School of Planning. He has had diverse leadership and research experience that includes local and national non-profit contexts, elected municipal service, corporate communications work, undergraduate […]

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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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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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Ola Tjornbo

On August 30, 2011 By

Ola Tjornbo completed his undergraduate degree in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic history and literature at Peterhouse Cambridge. He then worked in farming and the wine industry before returning to university in 2006 in Stockholm. At Stockholm he continued to explore the relationship between man and nature in his MSci in […]

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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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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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Stephen Quilley

On October 21, 2011 By

Stephen Quilley, WICI Director of Development, is an Associate Professor in Social Innovation Generation and the Department of Environment and Resource Studies in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo. Steve is technically a sociologist, having worked previously at University College Dublin (1999-2005) and the ESRC Centre for Research on […]

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Paul Thagard

On August 30, 2011 By

Paul Thagard is Professor of Philosophy and advisor for the Cognitive Science Program at the University of Waterloo. He is a graduate of the Universities of Saskatchewan, Cambridge, Toronto (Ph. D. in philosophy) and Michigan (M.S. in computer science). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of […]

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Frances Westley

On August 30, 2011 By

Frances Westley is JW McConnell Chair in Social Innovation at University of  Waterloo, where she heads up Social Innovation Generation (SiG), a national initiative designed to build capacity for social innovation in Canada.

Before joining University of Waterloo in 2007 she was Director of the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at […]

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Brian Arthur

On August 30, 2011 By

W. Brian Arthur is an External Faculty Member at the Santa Fe Institute and Visiting Researcher in the Intelligent Systems Lab at PARC (formerly Xerox Parc). He holds a Ph.D. from Berkeley in Operations Research, and has other degrees in economics, engineering and mathematics. From 1983 to 1996 he was Morrison […]

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Yaneer Bar-Yam

On August 30, 2011 By

Yaneer Bar-Yam is Founding President of the New England Complex Systems Institute. He received his SB and PhD in physics from MIT in 1978 and 1984, respectively. He has been engaged in the education of complex systems concepts to academic, executive and professional audiences with over 2,000 graduates of his courses nationally and […]

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Eric Beinhocker

On August 30, 2011 By

Eric Beinhocker is the Executive Director of the Institute for New Economic Thinking’s INET@Oxford research program (Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford), a member of the Said Business School at Oxford, and a Visiting Professor of Economics at Central European University. He has a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College and an M.S. […]

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Neil Craik

On August 30, 2011 By

Neil Craik is Acting Director (2011) and an Associate Professor in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development at the University of Waterloo, where he teaches and researches in the fields of Canadian and international environmental law. Prior to his appointment at the University of Waterloo, Dr. Craik was an Associate Professor […]

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Peter Deadman

On August 30, 2011 By

Peter Deadman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Waterloo. He received his Ph.D. in 1997 from the School of Renewable Natural Resources at the University of Arizona, Tucson.

His current research interests are focused on geographic information systems, modelling and simulation, watershed management, deforestation, climate change, […]

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Hans De Sterck

On November 27, 2012 By

Hans De Sterck is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Waterloo. His area of research is computational mathematics and scientific computing, with applications to problems in science, engineering and technology. A recent research focus is to develop models and algorithms for graph and […]

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J Doyne Farmer

On August 30, 2011 By

J. Doyne Farmer co-directs the programme on complexity economics, which is part of the INET@Oxford research institute. Farmer arrived in Autumn 2012 from the Santa Fe Institute.

He has broad interests in complex systems, and has done research in dynamical systems theory, time series analysis and theoretical biology. His main interest is in […]

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Carl Folke

On August 30, 2011 By

Carl Folke  is Science Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Director of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, one of the collaborating partners of the Stockholm Resilience Centre. He served as Deputy Director of the Beijer Institute 1991-1996 and Director of Stockholm University’s […]

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Owen Gallupe

On October 16, 2014 By

Owen Gallupe is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo. He received his Ph.D. in Criminology from Simon Fraser University (2012). His research generally examines peer group dynamics as they relate to various forms of offending, often using social network analysis. He is […]

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Ian Goldin

On August 30, 2011 By

Ian Goldin took up his current position as Director of the Oxford Martin School in September 2006. He has a BA (Hons) and a BSc from the University of Cape Town, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and an MA and Doctorate from the University of Oxford. In addition to being […]

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Hassan Masum

On October 21, 2011 By

Hassan Masum is a policy and technology strategist. He was a team leader in the Ethical, Social, and Cultural Program for the international Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative, and has worked as an engineer, scientist, foresight specialist, consultant, and global health innovator.

Hassan co-edited The Reputation Society (MIT Press, 2012), and […]

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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 (www.MACSI.ul.ie), 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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Steve Mock

On August 30, 2011 By

Steven J Mock is Research Director of the Ideological Conflict Project of the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo, Ontario. He completed his Ph.D. in Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2009. He is a former chair of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) […]

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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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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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Tara Vinodrai

On August 30, 2011 By

Tara Vinodrai is an Assistant Professor in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED) and the Department of Geography and Environmental Management as well as an Assistant Director of the Economic Development Program (EDP) at the University of Waterloo. She is interested in the geography of innovative activity, the dynamics of […]

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Mark Weber

On August 30, 2011 By

Mark Weber’s research interests include cooperation, trust, the social facilitation of leadership, negotiations, the role of values in decision-making, and social and organizational identity processes. Although his research focuses on social psychology in organizations and systems, he also has a special interest in how micro-level processes drive meso- and macro-level […]

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John Whalley

On August 30, 2011 By

John Whalley is a William G. Davis Chair in International Trade and Professor of Economics at the University of Western Ontario, and a Distinguished Fellow at CIGI. Professor Whalley received his PhD from Yale University (1973). In addition to his roles at CIGI and the University of Western Ontario, Dr. Whalley […]

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