Polder Simulation Center

For POLicy Decision-support and Evidence-based Reasoning

An initiative led by UvA IAS

POLDER is a research collaborative that helps policymakers to unravel complex challenges, create actionable insights, and explore new avenues of intervention. We develop and apply novel decision-support techniques, using theories and methods from complexity science, system dynamics and network science. POLDER works together with researchers from all academic fields and in co-creation with the direct stakeholders to support responsible and effective decision-making.

CONTACT:

UvA Institute for Advanced Study (IAS)

Oude Turfmarkt 147
1012 GC Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 525 2863

When trying to navigate through complex challenges, like the corona pandemics, it’s common practice that policy makers consult researchers from various disciplines. Processing all this information and data is not trivial. The policy maker is essentially the interdisciplinary processor of all this disciplinary scientific knowledge. This stresses the need for real co-creation between science and policy.

Albert Faber
Senior Policy Advisor, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate

The complexity sciences – note the plural – have a proven ability to inform policy makers on a wide range of persistent and complex policy issues. The real art is in bridging the gap between the abstract notions and complicated methods on the one hand, and the lived experience of those policy makers on the other hand. POLDER aims to bring practitioners and scientists together to fully exploit complexity’s promise for Dutch policy practices.

Lasse Gerrits
Professor of Urban Planning

The future powerhouses of the economy, the governmental resilience, and the healthcare at large will be driven by those countries that fully recognise the interwoven complexities of these systems and deploy the deep lessons learned from complexity science.

Peter Sloot
Professor of Complex Adaptive Systems