Western Complex Systems Conference 2024



  • Thursday, March 28, 2024, 9:00 AM  - 12:30 PM EST
  • Attend in-person at Arthur and Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building (1151 Huron Dr), Room 232
  • Attend virtually via Zoom Webinar
  • Hosted by the Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) Lab
  • Questions? Contact planning team at wcsc@groups.uwo.ca


Western Complex Systems Conference 2024 explores the application of complexity theory and systems thinking across disciplines. Over vast diversity in academic fields, methodologies, and domain expertise, our common thread is curiosity about the ways that nonlinear dynamics and systemic thinking invite us to understand and respond to our world.


EST Session Presenters
9:05 AM Conference Welcome Sean Potts & Nirathi Reddy
9:10 AM Opening Remarks Jacquelyn Burkell, PhD, Associate Vice-President (Research), Western University
9:20 AM

Ecologies of Knowledge: Language, Artifacts, and the Calibration of Meaning Systems 

Gerald McKinley, PhD, Associate Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry

9:40 AM The General Unified Theory of Social Science (GUTSS): Linguistic Tribalism as a Homophilic Force within Social Fields of Interaction Joseph Michalski, PhD, Professor and King’s Research Excellence Chair, King's University College
10:00 AM

Geopolitics, Trust, and Polio: A Case Study of Pakistan

Anushka Ataullahjan, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Health Studies, Faculty of Health Sciences

10:20 AM

A Complex Adaptive System Approach to a Large Historical Document Collection

William J. Turkel, PhD, Professor, Department of History, Faculty of Social Science

10:40 AM Carrying Markers of Human Violence: Adults Outcomes of Prenatal Exposure to Genocide against the Tutsi Glorieuse Uwizeye, PhD, Assistant Professor, Arther Labatt Family School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences
11:00 AM Unravelling the Complexity of Soil Food Webs Robert Buchkowski, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science
11:20 AM

Inferential Criticality: A Complex Adaptive Systems Model of Critical Thinking

Elizabeth Ismail, PhD Candidate, Curriculum Project Coordinator, Centre for Teaching & Learning, University of Windsor

11:40 AM How Appropriate is the Food-Energy-Water Nexus Approach for Modelling Global Change Slobodan P. SimonovicPhD, Professor Emeritus, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering