Information Systems


The Open Systems Research Group applies and develops systems thinking and practice to the study of complex, interconnected situations. Our research focuses on the themes of Sustainability and Environment, Social Learning, Applied Technologies, and Information Systems.

A strong conceptual and practical theme running through our activity is what we call 'systemic design'. This might be applied to implementing socio-technical systems, processes of organisational change or environmental decision making. Systemic design is about avoiding unintended consequences and systemic failure.

  • YourScopeYourScope is an on-line tool that allows participants in the Creating Sustainable Communities (CSC) Course to automatically create diagrams that show the sustainability of a community over time and allows you to model sustainability and create scenarios for the future.