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Complexity science can be seen as the backbone of this research priority area. It is used to understand and intervene upon the complexities and dynamics of mental health problems in urban environments, with special focus on common disorders such as addiction, anxiety, and depression

The research within this priority area is aimed at understanding why and when some groups or individuals thrive in an urban setting, whereas other individuals are vulnerable and develop mental problems.

The UvA Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) has the lead on the Complex Systems Approach to Urban Mental Health (WP2). At the IAS, researchers from different academic fields collaboratively study what kind of interventions will produce what type of outcome in complex challenges. Check out the IAS website for more information.

Urban Mental Health aims to introduce the concept of complexity science to students at an early stage and promote its educational and societal use in the light of urban mental health.

Are you interested in learning more about complexity science? The course Complexity: can it be simplified? is a joint effort by the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) and the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (IIS).

What is complexity science?

Watch this introductory video from the Santa Fe institute which describes research on complex adaptive systems.

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