Poverty and ecology: communicating complexity
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 systems that lead to unpredictable changes such as critical transitions. Our aim was to take stock of how complexity theory may be applied to the real world situations.
Following from NE/I002960/1, this project created a website for dissemination of concepts, methods, techniques, models and other tools to a global audience so that similar studies can be undertaken elsewhere; and readers without a scientific background can access an easily-understandable resource online.