ASA Research Areas

Systems analysis treats the coupled human-environment as a hierarchical system of interacting systems. A particular research question employs one of the three possible levels of consideration.

Levels of analysis

Particular system: focus on decisions taken by a system within a larger system

Interactions between systems: focus on (dynamic) connectivity between systems

System of systems: focus on the state and dynamics of the entire complex system

Correspondingly, ASA’s research is organized around three mutually complementing and cross-fertilizing research areas. 

Research areas

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Last edited: 31 January 2019


Elena Rovenskaya

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Advanced Systems Analysis

Acting Program Director

Evolution and Ecology

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