Institute for Advanced Study (IAS)

Research on complex challenges

At the IAS, researchers from a wide range of fields work together on complex scientific and societal challenges with systems thinking as common denominator. We have organised our activities - to a large extent - in interdisciplinary research programmes. We explore new areas through fellowships, events and working groups, within and beyond the framework of these programmes.

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    Complexity in economics and finance

    Many economic models are based on perfectly rational agents, and don't take into account the high degree of unpredictability in human behaviour. At the IAS we aim to develop more realistic economic models to help policy-makers make better ...

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    Foundations of complex systems

    Exploring the dynamics of complex systems from a fundamental perspective is crucial for further reasoning about the effects of our intervention strategies on complex challenges, whether climate change, global health or financial markets. By using ...

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    Health systems

    Understanding the interplay between physiological, mental and socio-economic factors that have an impact on health is crucial to find effective responses to major public health challenges. At the IAS we aim to develop predictive models for ...

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    Networks of crime and terrorism

    To what extent are current judicial and other instruments sufficient to effectively combat crime and terrorism in its diverse forms? At the IAS we aim to develop models that can help to assess the effect of current intervention strategies and - ...

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    Urban complexity

    Countries are becoming increasingly urbanised, causing challenges ranging from crime and epidemics to mobility and poverty. At the same time, the amount of data and information that is being collected on a daily basis is exploding. At the IAS, we ...

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