Glenn Smith, P.Eng., is a University of Waterloo Engineering graduate. In his role as Director, Project Management at Communitech, Glenn draws on 20+ years of experience in broad business and technology development and commercialization with two University of Waterloo spin-off companies (Advanced Scientific Computing, Biomedical Photometrics), Institute National d’Optique (INO), [...]Continue Reading →
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 [...]Continue Reading →
Michael Lawrence’s work applies concepts from the complexity science literature to the study of conflict and security. He focuses on the relationship between conflict, insecurity and development, particularly on the ways in which armed violence generates complex patterns of social organization. Michael’s M.A. Thesis used thermodynamics and complex adaptive systems theory to [...]Continue Reading →
Matto Mildenberger is a PhD student at Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. A political scientist by training, Matto studies how ideology and emotions shape political bargains over climate policy. His work also focuses on the applications of complex systems theory to political science and environmental policy. Matto previously [...]Continue Reading →
Manjana Milkoreit is a PhD candidate in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo. She received her law degree from the University of Heidelberg (Germany) and graduated with a Masters of Public Policy as McCloy Scholar from the Harvard Kennedy School. Her research at Harvard [...]Continue Reading →
Kirsten Robinson is an award-winning systems design engineer and designer. She worked on Governor General Award winning architect Phillip Beesley’s Hylozoic Soil team to create responsive architectures that were shown across Canada and at the Venice Biennial. As an engineer, she has worked in robotics and electrical engineering creating ethanol from waste [...]Continue Reading →
Leah Stokes is a PhD student in Environmental Policy & Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Her research focuses on the politics of renewable energy policy and the use of science in international environmental negotiations. Leah previously completed an MPA (Environmental Science & [...]Continue Reading →
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 [...]Continue Reading →
Keith Hipel is University Professor of Systems Design Engineering and Coordinator of the Conflict Analysis Group at the University of Waterloo. He is Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation and Vice President of the Canadian Academy of Sciences.
Keith enjoys teaching and is a recipient of the [...]Continue Reading →
Thomas Homer-Dixon, WICI Director, is the CIGI Chair in Global Systems at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Canada, and Professor in Faculties of Environment and Arts at the University of Waterloo. He received his B.A. in political science from Carleton University in 1980 and his Ph.D. from [...]Continue Reading →
Dawn Parker is Associate Professor in the School of Planning, Faculty of Environment and Associate Director of the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation, University of Waterloo, Canada. Her research focuses on the development of fine-scale models that link the drivers of land-use change and their socioeconomic and ecological impacts, [...]Continue Reading →
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 [...]Continue Reading →
Paul Thagard is Professor of Philosophy, with cross appointment to Psychology and Computer Science, Director of the Cognitive Science Program, and University Research Chair 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).
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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 [...]Continue Reading →
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 [...]Continue Reading →
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 [...]Continue Reading →
Mike Batty is Bartlett Professor of Planning at University College London where he directs the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA). From 1990 to 1995, he was Director of the NSF National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) in the State University of New York at Buffalo.
From 1979 until [...]Continue Reading →
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 [...]Continue Reading →
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 [...]Continue Reading →
Peter Deadman is an Assistant 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, [...]Continue Reading →
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 [...]Continue Reading →
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 [...]Continue Reading →
Matthew Hoffman is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from Michigan Technological University and a Ph.D. in International Relations from the George Washington University. His research and teaching interests include global governance, climate change politics, complexity theory, [...]Continue Reading →
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, [...]Continue Reading →
Michele-Lee Moore is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She received her PhD from Wilfred Laurier University, after which she worked with the Ministry of Environment, Water Stewardship Division, developing safe and sustainable water and watersheds in the province.
Her research interests are in [...]Continue Reading →
Stephen J. Purdey received his PhD in International Relations from the University of Toronto in 2007, and is the author of Economic Growth, the Environment and International Relations: The Growth Paradigm (Routledge 2010). This work explores the origins and environmental impact of the ubiquitous political commitment to economic growth. Dr. [...]Continue Reading →
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 as an approach to integrate GIS, ecological, and human decision-making models to evaluate [...]Continue Reading →
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 [...]Continue Reading →