Interdisciplinary Research Projects

Are you looking for an interdisciplinary (side) research project on complex societal challenges? Do you want to work on your research project at the Centre for Complex Systems Studies (CCSS) in an inspiring work environment with other researchers?

On Wednesday September 26, the CCSS hosted an Interdisciplinary Bridging Event structured around the 25 routes of the National Science Agenda served as a launchpad to connect researchers across disciplines within the university. Researchers from different research institutes within or outside UU, industry, and governmental institutions proposed 16 interdisciplinary research projects on these complex societal challenges. If you are interested in any of the projects below, we encourage you to contact the corresponding researchers directly. Once you start working on one of these projects, you will get access to the Centre's office space, facilities and support staff (get an impression).

The list of interdisciplinary research projects:

  1. A Complex systems approach to regional entrepreneurial economie
    Dr. Bernd Wurth and Prof. Erik Stam, Utrecht School of Economics
    (presentation)
  2. Changing food systems increase complexity of meeting SDGs
    Dr. Gideon Kruseman, International maize and Wheat Improvement center
    (presentation)
  3. Cooperation, trust, and discrimination in online social interaction
    Dr. Rense Corten, Sociology
    (presentation)
  4. Economic complexity and its implication for innovation policy
    Dr. Matthijs Janssen & Prof. Koen Frenken, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development
    (presentation)
  5. City superorganisms and the resources they use
    Dr. Brian Dermody, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development
    (presentation)
  6. Game theory on networks modeled by Ising model
    Adriana Correia & Prof. Henk Stoof, Theoretical Physics
    (presentation)
  7. Green Monitoring: Transparent regional and national greenhouse gas emission monitoring through atmospheric measurements
    Prof. Thomas Roeckmann, Atmospheric physics and chemistry
    (presentation)
  8. Machine learning approach for the detection and characterization of phases of matter
    Dr. Lars Fritz, Theoretical Physics
    (presentation)
  9. Measuring ground deformation using satellite radar
    Sem Mulder & Prof. Jason Frank, Mathematics & Sensar
    (presentation)
  10. Predict health and disease using immune fingerprints 
    Prof. Rob de Boer, Biology
    (presentation)
  11. Sickcare & healthcare; Computational models of animals and plants
    Prof. Kirsten ten Tusscher, Biology
    (presentation)
  12. Soft rot in potato crops. Can complex systems approaches help to reduce disease incidence?
    Dr. Johannes Ransijn, Nederlandse Algemene Keuringsdienst
    (presentation)
  13. Modelling epidemics on dynamic networks
    Prof. Mirjam Kretzschmar, UMC
    (presentation)
  14. Optimising spatial planning in a changing ocean
    Dr. Erik van Sebille, Physics
    (presentation)
  15. ENRGISE: Energizing Residents to Engage in Green-energy Investments through Strategic Encouragement
    Prof. Arnout van de Rijt, Sociology
    (presentation)
  16. Unravelling material complexity
    Dr. Deb Panja, Simulation of Complex Systems
    (presentation)