Policy makers suffer from an intrinsic difficulty when addressing challenges like climate change, financial crises, governance of pandemics, or energy sufficiency: the impact and unintended consequences of public action are increasingly hard to anticipate. Such challenges are global and connect policies across different sectors. When faced with such highly interconnected challenges, societies still tend to address subsystems and so fail to achieve systemic change.
GSS can drive change by
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 where a combination of data from various sources (smart grids, mobility data, sensor data, socio-economic data...) with dynamical modeling will pave the way to new policy suggestions.
The GSS portal fosters synergies between researchers and project teams working in the spirit of global systems science.