GSS Research Programme:
The study of problems as diverse as global climate change and global financial crises is currently converging towards a new kind of research – Global Systems Science.
GSS builds on economics as well as on climatology, on history as well as on geography and on a variety of further disciplines. However, it is no attempt to renew the failed pursuit for a single unified science. It simply integrates insights and methods that are useful in studying global systems and develops them further for that purpose.
Important examples of global systems are:
- the energy, water and food supply systems
- the internet
- the global financial system
- the agents, resources and mechanisms involved in climate policy
- the web of military forces and relations
- globally spreading diseases
- the scientific community
GSS could not emerge without substantial advances in information and communication technology (ICT). The use of computer models, digitized data, and global virtual networks are vital for GSS, and GSS can provide a key domain for socially useful ICT developments.
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I’m not sure if this website is still active, but I figured I’d give it a try anyways. I’m a newcomer to the field of GSS, but I’ve been interested in understanding and improving the systems that support our way of life for as long as I can remember. I’d like to become more involved within the GSS community, but given its small size and relative newness I’ve had trouble finding out how to do that.
The traditional route would be a graduate degree, so I’ve been looking high and low for graduate degree programs that focus on Global Systems Science. I’ve found programs in Systems Science and Global Studies, which are both close, but none that offer degrees specifically in GSS as described on this site.
If you have the time, I would be very interested to know if you are aware of any degree or certification programs in GSS, and also what other degree fields might be able to serve as a bridge into the GSS field.
Additionally, if you have any tips has to how a newcomer to the field might be able to get started, such as discussion boards dedicated to GSS, or good introductory textbooks, please let me know. Any info you could provide would be greatly appreciated.