Complexity Science

Complexity science is the backbone of the Centre for Urban Mental Health. Complexity science is used to understand and intervene upon the complexities and dynamics of mental health problems in urban environments. Special focus is given to common disorders such as addiction, anxiety, and depression. The research within the Centre is aimed at understanding why and when some groups or individuals thrive in an urban setting, while other individuals are vulnerable and develop mental problems.

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Are you interested in learning more about complexity science? Below are several resources.

The Centre for Urban Mental Health aims to introduce the concept of complexity science to students at an early stage and promotes the educational and societal use of complexity science in the context of urban mental health. The course 'Complexity: can it be simplified?' is a joint effort by the University of Amsterdam's Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) and the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (IIS).

Furthermore, IAS takes the lead on the complex systems approach to urban mental health. At the IAS, researchers from different academic fields collaboratively study what kind of interventions will produce what type of outcome in complex challenges. More information is available on the IAS website.

The Santa Fe Institute also provides a short introductory video describing research on complex adaptive systems.

More information on complex systems can also be found on the website of the Netherlands Platform Complex Systems (NPCS).