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Diversity (NEW)

Features applications of System Dynamics on topics such as gender, race or ethnicity, class, age and ability, etc.; racial justice work that addresses issues including, but not limited to, structural racism, interpersonal discrimination, or institutional bias; and submissions that demonstrate diverse experiences with System Dynamics.

Focus Areas: Age and Ability; Equity and Inclusion; Gender and Sexuality; Racial Justice

Chairs: Inge Bleijenbergh, Irene Headen and Peter Hovmand

Business and Strategy

Features applications of System Dynamics in businesses and organizations including strategy development, profitability, marketing, competitive dynamics, product launches, project dynamics, and accounting.

Focus Areas: Competitive Dynamics; Marketing; New Business Models; Product Development; Project Management; Strategy Development

Thread Chairs:  Scott Rockart, Warren Farr and Brad Morrison

Environment and Resources

Emphasizes dynamics of natural resource management and policy for the environment including food, water, energy and climate change, pollution, environmental laws and regulation, and ecology.

Focus Areas: Agriculture and Food; Air, Water, and Land Use; Climate Change; Ecology and Biodiversity; Energy and Fuels; Environmental Regulation; Pollution and Waste Management

Chairs: Allyson Beall King, Jake Jacobson, Ruby Nguyen, Todd BenDor and Josephine Musango

Learning and Teaching

The manner in which system skills are taught and learned including pedagogy, learning experiments, curriculum development, workshop design, and interactive activities designed to be part of an educational experience.

Focus Areas: Community Dissemination; Interactive Activities; Learning Experiments; Pedagogy and Curriculum

Chairs: Diana Fisher and Ellis Ballard


Includes business and other process operations including capacity management, quality control, operations management, supply chains, workflow, queuing, and workforce planning.

Focus Areas: Capacity Management; Project Management; Quality Control; Service Operations; Supply Chains; Workflow; Workforce Planning

Chairs: Burcu Tan Erciyes and Ed Anderson

Psychology and Human Behavior

Explores the dynamics within and between social groups, including social environments or individual psychological factors, and spanning families, organizations, and societies.

Focus Areas: Cognitive Science; Community Development; Historical Dynamics; Organizational Behavior; Social Psychology; Social-Environmental Decision-Making

Chairs: Erika Palmer and Camilo Olaya

Security, Stability, and Resilience

Investigates issues related to security, stability, and resilience, including defense, social and international conflict, military operations, insurgency, counterinsurgency, cybersecurity, disinformation, safety, disaster management, peace engineering, justice, (financial and economic) crime, policing, incarceration, socioeconomic inequality, and food-energy-water security.

Focus Areas: Conflict, Defense, and Military; Crime and Policing; Cybersecurity and Disinformation; Disaster Management; Food-Energy-Water Security; Rule of Law and Social Resilience

Chairs: Ignacio Martinez-Moyano and Saeed Langarudi

Transport and Mobility (NEW)

Covers all aspects of transportation systems and mobility, including transport and urban planning policies; new services, technologies or business models; decarbonization and sustainable mobility; transport and health; and freight and logistics.

Focus Areas: Accessibility and Equity; Decarbonization and Sustainability; Freight and Logistics; Infrastructure Planning and Policy Design; New Technologies and Services; Non-Car and Multi-Modal Transport; Public Health and Traffic Safety

Chairs: Gillian Harrison, Jeroen Struben, and Astrid Guehnemann


Features papers improving understanding of economic dynamics including macroeconomics, microeconomics, trade, business regulation, economic development, economic policy, insurance, and risk management.

Focus Areas: Business and Financial Organization; Economic Growth and Development; Equity and Income Distribution; International Trade and Finance; Macroeconomics; Microeconomics

Chairs:  Oleg Pavlov and David Wheat


Applies System Dynamics to issues related to health and health care including health policy, health services research, population health, and physiology.

Focus Areas: COVID-19; Epidemiology; Health Disparities; Physiology; Population Health; Treatment and Disease Management

Chairs:  John Ansah, David Lounsbury and Niyousha Hosseinichimeh


Welcomes contributions to System Dynamics modeling and simulation including quantitative and qualitative aspects of model development, model analysis, validation, graphical presentation formats, computational techniques, and integration of System Dynamics with other approaches such as Artificial Intelligence and Predictive Analytics, among others.

Focus Areas: Artificial Intelligence; Graphical Presentation Formats; Hybrid Modeling Approaches; Model Analysis; Model Development; Qualitative Methods; Validation

Chairs: Yutaka Takahashi and Billy Schoenberg

Public Policy

Covers issues including governance, social welfare, equity, justice, political science, urban dynamics, and infrastructure.

Focus Areas: COVID-19; Equity and Justice; Governance; Infrastructure; Political Science; Social Welfare; Urban Dynamics

Chairs: Rod MacDonald and Karim Chichakly

Stakeholder Engagement

Emphasizes engaging and influencing stakeholders through participatory activities such as group model building, facilitation, facilitated modeling, games and management flight simulators, with emphasis on assessing the impact of the engagement.

Focus Areas: Community Outreach; Games and Flight Simulators; Group Model Building; Participatory Activities

Chairs: Etiënne Rouwette and Susan Howick

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