Tipping Points in Man-made vs. Natural systems

Many emerging phenomena that we observe in complex adaptive systems can be understood as resulting from shifts in balance and stability, when the system moves between equilibria. These shifts can result from gradual or sudden change and are typically called critical transitions when the system reaches ‘tipping points’. The ultimate quest under this theme is to look for drivers of critical transitions in man-made systems (financial markets, political systems, societal structures etc.) and in natural systems (physical systems, biological ecosystems, etc). Universalities can be studied on three different levels: early warning of an approaching tipping point, controlling or nudging the tipping point, mitigating the effects of the tipping point.

We will bring together researchers from economics, political science, sociology, ecology, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computational science to discuss examples, methods, tools and theory to explore the 'controllability' of tipping points.

Published by  UvA Institute for Advanced Study

22 May 2017