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Vol. 3, Issue 2, Fall 2017

Journal on Policy and Complex Systems,  Vol. 3, Issue 2, Fall 2017

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Nazmiye Gizem Bacaksizlar and Mirsad Hadzikadic

Elizabeth M. von Briesen, N. Gizem Bacaksizlar, Mirsad Hadzikadic

Education System Intervention Modeling Framework

Pratik Mital, Roxanne A. Moore, Donna C. Llewellyn

Jeremy Throne

John P. Hanley, Donna M. Rizzo

III. Social Behavior

Shang Wu, Asim Zia, Mengyuan Ren, Kent Messer

IV. Future Directions


Vol. 3, Issue 1, Spring 2017

Journal on Policy and Complex Systems,  Vol. 3, Issue 1, Spring 2017

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New Publication! Policy Perspectives from Promising New Scholars in Complexity, Volume II

Editors: Dr. Liz Johnson and Dr. Joseph Cochran

The world is getting more complex causing policy problems to seemingly get bigger and become more intractable. Traditional approaches and conventional methodologies alone are no longer adequate to solve policy problems in our interconnected global environment. Promising new scholars in the field of policy and complexity are breaking boundaries and laying the groundwork for innovative perspectives on how to better define policy problems, impacts, attitudes, and solutions. Whether in the field of economics, education, energy, health, human security, or transportation, the selected essays and research in this book demonstrate how essential new thinking and approaches are needed.

These scholars have demonstrated vision, imagination, diligence, passion, and courage for solving problems. Don’t miss HOW some of the top promising new scholars address problems and add to creating viable solutions to some of the biggest policy issues of our day.

Announcing new work: Growing Inequality

Editors: George A. Kaplan, Ana V. Diez Roux, Carl P. Simon, and Sandro Galea

No single factor—but a system of intertwined causes — explains why America’s health is poorer than the health of other wealthy countries and why health inequities persist despite our efforts. Teasing apart the relationships between these many causes to find solutions has proven extraordinarily difficult. But now, in this book, researchers report on groundbreaking insights using computer-based systems science tools to simulate how these determinants come together to produce levels of population health and disparities and test new solutions.

The culmination of over five years of work by experts from a more than a dozen disciplines, this book represents a bold step forward in identifying why some populations are healthy and others are not. Applying the techniques of systems science, it shows how these tools can be used to increase our understanding of the individual, group, and institutional factors that generate a wide range of health and social problems. Most importantly, it demonstrates the utility and power of these techniques to both wisely guide our understanding and help policy makers know what works.

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“This book begins the process of unraveling some of the most ‘wicked’ problems in public health.”                 — Tony Iton, MD, JD, MPH—The California Endowment

… an intellectually courageous undertaking. It faces up to the reality of complexity in the social determinants of health. Its achievements and its documentation of difficulties will serve as a valuable foundation for the next generation of scientists and scholars who aim to understand the determinants of health and of health disparities.” 
Harvey V. Fineberg, MD, PhD, President, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Former President, the Institute of Medicine

…goes beyond the search for a simplistic answer to health disparities and instead embraces the complexity. This is exactly what is needed if we are to improve population health and eliminate disparities.” 
Thomas A. LaVeist, PhD, Chairman, Department of Health Policy & Management, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University
It is increasingly likely that in the non-distant future that population health policy will be fully informed by a coherent computational decision-support system that integrates data, analytics, systems modeling, forecasting, and cost-effectiveness. This book marks a serious movement toward that future.” 
Donald S. Burke, MD, Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Health, Dean, Graduate School of Public Health UPMC, Jonas Salk Professor of Global Health, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh

CAPS 2017 Complexity-Based Analytics and Policies for Social Good

The JPCS recently hosted CAPS 2017: Complexity-Based Analytics and Policies for Social Good Organizer.

The conference was held at The Center for Complexity in Business Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland on April 12-14, 2017.

CAPS 2017 is the first International Conference on Complexity-Based Analytics and Policies for Social Good. This is a cross-disciplinary conference for research in which the tools of Complex Systems and/or Agent Based Modeling are used to examine a wide range of policies and procedures that promote, emphasize, contribute to, improve, or otherwise positively affect social good. This scope includes new definitions and measures of social good, methodologies for tracking impacts and trends, data sets, analytical methods, actors and populations, dynamic models, or social-level analysis.



The following photos capture some of the panels and discussions held:

Jeremy Throne

Bill Rand

Chris Barrett

Gizem Bacaksizlar

Roundtable discussion

Martin Schmidt

Rob Axtell

Journal on Policy & Complex Systems: Vol. 2, No. 2, Fall 2015

Journal on Policy and Complex Systems,  Vol. 2, Issue 2, Fall 2015

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Announcing the 5th Annual Promising Scholars in Policy & Complexity Conference

 About the Conference

The Journal on Policy & Complex Systems is proud to announce it will be hosting a conference for graduate students, post-docs, and budding scholars as part of the Dupont Summit, which will be held Friday, December 1, 2017 at the Historic Whittemore House, 1526 New Hampshire Ave, NW, Washington, DC from 4PM until 6PM. The purpose is for scholars to practice presenting their research, methodological strategies, and/or ideas on how to build scholarship in the area of policy and complexity in a relaxed setting. Presentations will be made from 4PM until 6PM and conference registration fees are waived. After the presentations, we will join for a group dinner to further discuss the presentations. There will also be an opportunity for publication in a conference proceedings book.


How to Submit a Proposal

In order to be considered to make a presentation, please send an abstract and/or overview to the Journal on Policy & Complex Systems’ Managing Editor, Liz Johnson, at (704/293-1482) by November 15th, 2017. Please visit for further information about the journal.


The Dupont Summit

The purpose of the Dupont Summit is to promote interdisciplinary dialogue about pressing issues related to science, technology and the environment. The conference mirrors the interest of the PSO and its partners in promoting conversation about current policy concern.

Presented every year on the first Friday of December, the conference brings together academics, government, business and social leaders from a variety of backgrounds, for discussion about issues that include but are not limited to health, energy, national security, information and telecommunications, environment and climate change, biotechnology, genetics and stem cells, water and natural resources, science research and education, technology and innovation, space, and ethical, legal and social implications of science and technology. Other topics will be welcome. Our goal is to promote multidisciplinary conversation and networking across the social and political spectrum.