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Global Systems Science

The vision of Global Systems Science (GSS) is to provide scientific evidence to support policy-making, public action and civic society to collectively engage in societal action.

Public policy making and society at large when addressing challenges, like climate change, financial crisis, governance of pandemics, or energy sufficiency suffer from an intrinsic difficulty: impact and unintended consequences of public action are increasingly hard to anticipate. Such challenges are global, shared worldwide and tightly connecting policies across different sectors. Facing such highly interconnected challenges, ‘system of systems’, societies tend to address subsystems and so fail to achieve systemic change.

GSS will drive change in a two-fold way:

  • help develop an integrated policy perspective on tackling of global challenges,
  • develop a research agenda in GSS that will tackle the fundamental research challenges in GSS encountered in developing policy relevant knowledge.

A case in point is the area of economic modeling after the financial crisis. New concepts and tools – for instance to analyze the network of actors in financial markets - will be developed in collaboration between researchers in GSS and policy bodies. Other policy areas include urban dynamics and climate change impact where a combination of thus far unseen Big Data from various sources (smart girds, mobility data, sensor data, socio-economic data) with dynamical modeling will pave the way to new policy suggestions.

A GSS portal fosters synergies between researchers and project teams working in the spirit of global systems science. More information is also available on the GSS website.