Systemic Risks

How do technical interventions to cool the Earth’s atmosphere (climate engineering) impact on the environment, the economy, and human health? What risks are posed by the pervasive growth of digital technologies throughout society? What chain reactions might future financial crises trigger? These issues form the focus of this research project in which researchers at the IASS seek to identify and characterise common patterns and structures of systemic risk across the domains of technology, economics, environment, and society in an increasingly complex world. The scope of this research extends to include issues of social justice and equity. This global goal of this project is to develop robust, enhanced governance instruments to support the management of systemic risks and to protect critical infrastructure and utilities.