How we work
Synergy of sciences
The IAS identifies and sparks new interdisciplinary research areas that build on the disciplinary strengths of the UvA. We bring together researchers from various academic disciplines to generate ideas, share knowledge and create synergies. Using theory, concepts and methods from complexity science, we aim to develop new knowledge and new interdisciplinary research methodologies.
Complex Systems methodology
At the IAS researchers work collaboratively with complex systems methodology as their common language. Foundational phenomena of complex adaptive systems are found in most of today's most pressing challenges. We aim to enhance a better understanding of:
- Laws, processes and mechanisms underpinning complex scientific and societal questions. Some examples: Tipping Points, Emergence, Intractability, Resilience, Self-organisation etc.;
- Complex challenges in science and society that require interdisciplinary research collaboration. Some examples: Health Systems, Climate Change, Crime and Terrorism, etc.
The development of the work programme is a creative process. The content, maturity level and expected output are leading when determining what kind of action is needed for each research challenge. The IAS has several instruments to shape and implement its work programme: