Polder Simulation CenterFor POLicy Decision-support and Evidence-based Reasoning
An initiative led by UvA IAS
The world is changing rapidly and getting more interconnected, largely driven by far-reaching globalisation and new technologies. The complexity of our society is urgently felt in the realm of policymaking. Challenges like climate change, pandemics, or inequality are just some examples that clearly show that all our systems (economic, social, environmental) are closely intertwined through many interacting processes. Because of that, policy interventions can have all kinds of unexpected and also undesirable side effects. The outcome of seemingly small interventions on the system as a whole is extremely hard to predict.
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 methods, using theories and tools 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.
Policy and Complexity in the 21st Century
The series ‘Policy and Complexity in the 21st Century’ brings together researchers and practitioners to discuss the challenges of policy-making in the complexity of today’s world. The point of departure of this series is the observation that a set of persistent problems continue to plague policy and administration. The complexity sciences may offer new ways in which these issues can be understood and addressed. In this series, we will unpack these problems through dialogue between practitioners and scientists. This way, we create a better understanding of the blind spots, pitfalls and gains to be made at the nexus of policy and complexity.
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