This research cluster explores systems thinking informed by old and new holistic models, ranging from an indigenous relational lens to contemporary systems discourses.
Our research addresses theories of, and practices for, future-oriented, complex and relational systems. We’re thinking about infrastructures, circularity, organisations, logistics, biodiversity, dataflows, ecologies: adaptivity, frameworks, network scapes and emergence.
How can systems thinking be useful at this time? This approach can help to us to understand how complex, emergent, and responsive networks that may be environmental, social, cultural, technological and/or economic came to be and may become in the future. More urgently, systems thinking can help us to perceive, design and emplace socio-cultural change, so urgently needed at this time of ecological crisis and opportunity.
Current research projects include:
Prior successful funding includes:
"As a country we need transformational and lasting change to meet our targets and ensure a thriving Aotearoa for future generations."
Rod Carr, Climate Change Commission (2021)
“Mātauranga Māori view is more holistic, and uses systems thinking and ... expertise to build a much more complete picture on a scientific challenge. In contrast, reducing the boundaries of research to the level of the institution, resource (e.g. moana), or discipline (e.g. ocean science) – rather than to the kaupapa (research purpose) - sets up an intentional blindness that can create major oversights when transitioning to a real world application.”
Rauika Māngai. (2020). A Guide to Vision Mātauranga: Lessons from Māori Voices in the New Zealand Science Sector. Wellington, NZ: Rauika Māngai