Systems Thinking and Interdependency – a joined up world
Presentation by Professor Brian Collins, Director of UCL Centre of Engineering Policy
Modern civilisation depends upon the use of resources that are becoming scarcer or more expensive or both. The use of those resources, energy, transport, minerals, knowledge is occurring in an interdependent way – all journeys use energy, efficient mineral extraction uses knowledge, urban congestion can be alleviated using knowledge, energy consumption can be reduced by the use of good data. Unless all these aspects are treated as a system of systems, from birth to death of an activity, and across a wide range of scenarios, modern civilisation will be placing itself under more and more pressure and is less likely to be sustainable.
This lecture will illustrate examples of such systems of systems, address how sustainability and resilience issues can be approached and describe research into new ways of governing such activities so that better outcomes for the future might be possible.
Professor Brian Collins is a Professor of Engineering Policy at UCL. Prior to that he was the Chief Scientific Adviser for the UK's Department for Transport and chaired the Engineering and Interdependency Expert Group for Infrastructure UK.
|When: Tuesday, 18 March 2014 - 5 to 6pm
Please arrive 15 minutes before start
|Where: UCL Australia, 220 Victoria Square, Adelaide SA 5000|
|Wine and cheese will be served after the lecture.|
When & Where
UCL Australia is an integral part of University College London, one of the foremost academic institutions in the world.
The Australian campus was established in 2010 and is home to the School of Energy and Resources, the International Energy Policy Institute and the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, Australia.