Systemic Risk Research Center

PeopleAbout the CentreProjects

  • Andrzej Nowak (kierownik / head)
  • Marek Trippenbach (vice head) <>
  • Szymon Malinowski (vice head) <>
  • Sebastian Szymański
  • Jacek Rogala
  • Marek Kuś
  • Marcin Napiórkowski
  • Fabian Welc
  • Magdalena Roszczyńska
  • Jacek Rogala
  • Jerzy Hausner
  • Marek Konarzewski
  • Stanisław Janeczko
  • Tomasz Zarycki
  • Jorgen Vitting Andersen

The Centre for Systemic Risk Research operates within the framework of the Robert Zajnoc Institute for Social Studies at the University of Warsaw. It operates within the framework of the University of Warsaw, but it is open to members, research and apply for scholarships from outside the University.

The Centre for Systemic Risk Research focuses on studying threats to systems on which the functioning of humans and societies critically depends, and on seeking and supporting ways of minimising these threats The Centre is transdisciplinary in nature. It brings together researchers from different research fields and traditions, trying to create a coherent theoretical perspective that goes beyond the perspectives of individual scientific disciplines. The Centre’s area of interest is the following classes of systems:
– The environment and the social consequences of its changes,
– Economic and financial systems
– Social systems and ethics

Within this broadly defined framework of systems, narrower areas are defined on which the Centre’s current activities focus. New themes may be added or existing themes may be closed. The initial themes that the Centre wants to address are in each thematic area:

  • Climate change and its social consequences
  • Sustainable economy and stability of financial markets. An economy geared towards long-term growth and minimising environmental damage.
  • Social capital and cooperation versus conflict, polarisation and radicalisation. Social consequences of development of artificial intelligence and new technologies. Social consequences of aging.

These three thematic areas are interconnected and research will also address the relationship between processes in these areas.

  •  The Centre combines the approach of social and scientific sciences. These two approaches will work closely together.
  • Social processes and ethics. Social processes are fundamental in all subjects, but also the ethical issue is very clear. The task of the social group is to better and better understand social processes relating to all thematic areas of the Centre’s activities, in particular the issue of social change. They also develop research methods for studying the functioning of social systems, e.g. narration in traditional and social media. They also conduct research on effective methods of communication of systemic threats and ways to avoid or reduce them. The social-humanistic part, apart from developing theories, will follow social narratives in the area of issues of interest to us (automatic monitoring of the press and social media, researching ethical issues in these areas and determining effective ways of acting, e.g. how to change attitudes and behaviour towards climate change.
  • Mathematical modelling and computer simulations The essence of the Centre’s activity is to combine a deep insight into social sciences and humanities and the wealth of empirical data with precise mathematical models and computer simulations. The Centre develops methods of system risk modelling and simulation and models specific systems currently being studied by the Centre.