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Week 18 – Systems thinking I

w18 Learning materials ‘handout’ – Systems thinking I [pdf]

Primary reading

* EMF (2017), Systems and the circular economy – Learning path, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

EMF (2021), Circular economy: an overview, Ellen MacArthur Foundation [from Educational Resources]

*** Meadows, D (2009), Thinking in systems (extract), London: Earthscan – you can find more online with judicious searching – this is a key text for systems thinking

Meadows, D (1997), Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System, [Academy for Systems Change archive]

** Raworth, K (2017a), Doughnut economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist, London: Penguin Random House [ch 4]


Balint, T et al (2017), Complexity and the Economics of Climate Change: A Survey and a Look Forward, Ecological Economics, Volume 138, August, Pages 252-265

Meadows, D (2001), Dancing With Systems, Whole Earth, Winter [Academy for Systems Change archive]

Raworth, K (2017b), Why the doughnut economy is a circular economy, Disruptive Innovation Festival – DIF, Nov 15th [45min video]

Lezak, S and Thibodeau, P (2016), Systems thinking and environmental concern, Journal of Environmental Psychology, v46 pp143-153

Climate Interactive:

C-ROADS Climate policy simulator

EN-ROADS energy policy simulator