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Global Systems Science and Policy: an Introduction

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Policy seeks desired outcomes given differing priorities and constraints. But which policy options will work? Working together for better outcomes, the elements of Global Systems Science are:

  1. Policy at all levels: from individuals to the world

  2. Complex Systems Science: a new, interdisciplinary approach to modelling social and physical systems

  3. Policy informatics: data science and computational modelling for policy

  4. Citizen engagement: societal behaviour emerges bottom-up in the context of top-down policy and individual citizens must be involved

We discuss and critically evaluate GSS.

No prior knowledge is required for this course. It is aimed at:

  • policy makers;
  • officials in the European Commission;
  • UNESCO officials and field workers;
  • members of local, national and international charities and NGOs;
  • national and local government civil servants and politicians;
  • social scientists;
  • information and communications systems developers;
  • students with the UNESCO UniTwin Complex Systems Digital Campus;
  • or anyone interested in how new scientific approaches can support policy.

Taught by

Jeffrey Johnson

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