Current courses, fall 2013:
Modelling workshop: Introduction to Dynamical Systems, October 15
Dynamical systems is the field of mathematics that studies the behaviour of models whose dynamics are governed by differential or difference equations. The classic S-shaped curve of regime shifts is a good example of how dynamical systems theory can be applied: dynamical systems theory provides the tools with which to understand and calculate these curves.
Furthermore, the mathematical theorems of dynamical systems can also guide applied resilience research. Indeed, many of the fundamental concepts of resilience - such as ball and cup diagrams, tipping points, regime shifts -- were inspired by dynamical systems theory. Fundamental concepts from dynamical systems also, for me, underlie the early successes of recent research on early warning signals.
The workshop will provide an indtroduction to dynamical systems theory.
For more information contact Steven Lade
Resilience and the Study of Social-Ecological Interactions, 4-7 November - Maja Schlüter and Albert Norström
This course is intended to deepen students' understanding of the concepts of resilience and social-ecological systems and the adaptive cycle.
Read more (pdf, 517.8 kB). For more information contact Maja Schlueter.
Social Network Analysis, 1 week, 12-15 November 2013, Örjan Bodin
The network perspective has fairly recently been proposed as an analytical framework particularly suited for studying complex social-ecological systems (SES). The underlying rationale is that the network approach as such is generic and allows the research to model any kind of systems as consisting of separated but interlinked components of different kinds.
This course consists of one lecture and one full-day lab exercise. In the practical hands-on lab, participants will learn and practice how to conduct some basic but still fundamental analyses of networks. Both formal analyses and different ways to graphically visualize networks and their different characteristics will be explored.
Read more (pdf, 505.6 kB). For more information contact Örjan Bodin.
Open-Source GIS, Fall 2013, Emma Sundström
Regime Shifts, 4 November - 12 December 2013, Oonsie Biggs, Örjan Bodin, Juan Rocha, Garry Peterson
This course is intended to deepen students’ understanding of strategies to write proposals and papers for resilience research. Students will learn to link general research questions to specific research questions and specific research results to general questions. Students will explore these issues through writing assignments in which they develop research questions and methodologies for how to address them for resilience-related research.
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For more information contact Oonsie Biggs.
Statistics with focus on mixed models in R, Fall 2013, Ingo Fetzer
Courses in planning:
Modeling Complex Adaptive Systems
Text Analysis: Clustering alogorithms
Why read old Durkheim? Using classical social science to understand the social dynamics of social-ecological systems, Spring 2014, Wijnand Boonstra
Systems analysis and Sustainability Science, Fall 2013, Uno Svedin
Final details for each course will be available when the course is confirmed.