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Seminar: Lessons from Complexity Science For Urban Health and Well-being

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Problems of urban health and well-being emerge from complex interactions in changing environments and are prominent challenges for the inhabitant, adding radical uncertainty to global development. To understand their consequences in urban systems and to establish effective problem-solving mechanisms, insights from complexity science require a fundamental rethinking of the role and responsibility of the human agency. The objective of the seminar is to offer challenging, not just theoretical but also applied content, which promotes engaged learning and critical thinking about how complexity science may help us understand the problems of urban health and well-being and how to address up-to-date urban health issues from a systems perspective; to help researchers understand the importance of systems methods and models in urban studies in which health is the vital indicator of progress. The seminar is compost of one keynote speech given by the guest speaker: Franz Gatzweiler. It is then followed by a discussion with the discussants/audiences.

To attend this seminar, please reserve a ticket (free) or send an email to jielingliu@campus.ul.pt specifying the names and numbers of the attendees.


Speaker: Prof. Dr. Franz Gatzweiler

Executive director of the 10-year global interdisciplinary research programme on “Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment: a Systems Approach," created by the International Council for Science (ICSU), and sponsored by the United Nations University (UNU) and the Interacademy Partnership (IAP).

Franz Gatzweiler’s research interests lie at the intersection of ecological, economic and social systems and cover problems of value in complex socio-ecological systems, institutional change in polycentric organization, marginality and technology innovations for productivity growth in rural development, co-production of science and fractal organization theory.

Franz Gatzweiler studied Agricultural Science at Bonn University and International Agricultural Economics at the Humboldt University of Berlin. His doctoral research topic at Humboldt University was on the “Nature of Economic Value”. He received stipends from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH), and was visiting scholar at the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis in 2003. He taught courses at the faculty of Life Sciences of the Humboldt University of Berlin and at the University of Bonn.

Selected Publications

  • 2013 Gatzweiler Franz W., and Hagedorn Konrad (2013) Biodiversity and Cultural Ecosystem Services. In: Levin S.A. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, second edition, Volume 1, pp. 332-340. Waltham, MA: Academic Press.
  • 2013 (with Pushpam Kumar, Eduardo Brondizio, Franz Gatzweiler, John Gowdy, Dolf de Groot, Unai Pascual, Belinda Reyers and Pavan Sukhdev) The economics of ecosystem services: from local analysis to national policies. Curr Opin Environ Sustain, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2013.02.001
  • 2014 Reframing the value of nature: biological value and institutional homeostasis. Environmental Values 23: 275-296, doi: 10.3197/096327114X13947900181392
  • 2014 (with Joachim von Braun, eds) Marginality. Addressing the nexus of poverty, exclusion and ecology. Dortdrecht: Springer Open Book
  • 2014 Value, institutional complementarity and variety in coupled socio-ecological systems. Ecosystem Services. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2014.08.004
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