Systems versus Linear thinking
2 December 2015
A few weeks ago, led a PhD workshop on systems thinking; exploring the concept’s theoretical roots and some research applications in both the management of water resources and mineral active regions.
in simple terms implies a rather general and superficial awareness of systems (a purposeful structure that consists of iThe concept has emerged in mainstream environmental science as a means to address the complex nature of environmental problems and as a result of the criticisms and limitations associated with more conventional and reductionist management thinking (“). Treating an environmental problem as a system, necessitates the understanding of complex interactions that ultimately make up that system. This provides you with more opportunities to decipher the causalities that shape such problematic situations. Isn’t that useful?
Of course, systems thinking is not without its flaws. There is much ambiguity in the way systems thinking is applied in practice. Many of those who criticise systems thinking often refer to the impossibility of understanding all those complex interactions. Indeed, there are inherent knowledge gaps that may hinder the adoption of systems thinking. Yet, the potential for more informed policy decisions creates a much needed research rationale for this topic. This is why systems thinking is a core component of the work we are doing and we believe that it is worth investigating to see whether there is truly a place for systems thinking in how environmental policy and management might evolve in the future.
Here’s what Alozie had to say with regards to the potential for systems thinking to help transition towards sustainable management of mineral active regions like the Niger Delta:
Voulvoulis, N. (2012) Water and sanitation provision in a low carbon society: The need for a systems approach, , Vol:4, ISSN:1941-7012.