Scenario Analysis and sustainable policy modelling with computer simulation

School Organization:
The school has been organized with a joint effort between the University of Insubria and SYDIC, the System Dynamics Italian Chapter, and falls under the patronage of the System Dynamics Society.

Scientific Proposal:
The challenges in governing (both public and private institutions) has evolved in the last 30 years. The world has become increasingly interconnected, complex, and fast-evolving, so that consequences of individual behaviours and policy choices are more unpredictable than before and timely decision-making is necessary to ensure positive outcomes. As policy science advances theories and models to deal with the complexity of today’s decision-making, the goal of the school is to provide scholars in social sciences with instruments to understand the root causes of problems and to develop models allow intuitive and user-friendly assessment of the sustainability and the long-term robustness of policies. More precisely the school will focus on modelling techniques that allow the building of simulation models to be used to support policy-making in complex decision-making settings. In particular, the aim of the school is to make participants able to design and to build computer simulation models to test effectiveness of policies and to perform long-term scenario analysis.

SYDIC, the SYstem Dynamics Italian Chapter (www.systemdynamics.it), is the Italian national branch of the System Dynamics Society (www.systemdynamics.org). The Chapter has been founded back in 1995 but legally recognized by the Italian Law as a Cultural Association for Social Promotion, in 2015. The mission of SYDIC is to support the SD Society to promote, spread out and disseminate the wide use and uptake of the system dynamics methodology and, more in general, of all systemic approaches to modelling & simulation, so to support more effectively the public and private sector in the design and evaluation of policies/strategies and the organizational change. As of today, SYDIC counts around 50 Italian associates from all over Italy and a few also from abroad, as well as a wider audience of around 200 non-associates (but members of our website and mailing list). Among its members, SYDIC includes also several top-notch scholars from the Italian academic & scientific community (Research Centres and Universities in Rome, Milan, Bologna, Turin, Naples, Genoa, Firenze, Palermo, etc.), representing knowledge and competences from Management & Social Sciences to Engineering and Natural Sciences. SYDIC is currently deeply involved in disseminating and promoting the uptake of Systems Thinking & System Dynamics at various levels, from the Primary and Secondary education, to the development of such competences in youngsters and adults in managing positions. Additionally, SYDIC is promoting the Systems Thinking approach also in various vertical sectors, especially by means of the development of research projects (already a few important experiences at national and international level). Last but not least, at academic level, SYDIC is involved in the organization of various international congresses (workshops, seminars, conferences) dealing with various systemic approaches (i.e.: 2017 BSLab-SYDIC workshop, 2017 WOSC Conference, this summer school, etc.)