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Sustainability Science

MRW13: Complex social-ecological systems: linking theory and reality Event

Multidisciplinary Research Week
09:00 - 17:00
20 March 2013
Highfield Campus, University of Southampton.

Event details

A Multidisciplinary Research Week 2013 Event bringing together the Sustainability Science and Complexity in the Real World group.


This event is invitation only. Please contact us for further information.


Improved understanding of real world social-ecological systems is seen by many as one of the major challenges facing management of food supply, biodiversity and other ecosystem services across the world. Complexity theory - including variants like resilience theory - has pointed to the importance of utilizing mathematical concepts and models to better understand the nonlinear, emergent effects in such complex systems that lead to unpredictable changes such as critical transitions. This EPSRC-funded workshop aims to take stock of how complexity theory may be applied to the understanding and management of urban ecosystems, agricultural landscapes, river catchments and coastal systems. We want to examine two topics:

Topic 1. Tipping points, critical transitions and early warning signals

Topic 2. Real world complex social--ecological systems in the future


The workshop is organised by Professor John Dearing (Co-chair of SSS) and Dr Zhang Ke.


Full details about the workshop can be found in the following document found here.


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