CIE Seminar Series – 2019: Modelling Transitions to Sustainability

SPEAKER: Dr Fjalar de Haan, Research Fellow, Sustainability Transitions, The University of Melbourne

DATE: Friday, 31st May 2019

TIME: 1:30pm

LOCATION: Melbourne Campus at Burwood –Burwood Corporate Centre

Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds – room ka4.207 and Warrnambool Campus – room J2.19 (Fishbowl).

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Modelling Transitions – Overview and Future Avenues:

Transitions are structural changes in goods and service provision systems, such as health care, transport and energy. We need to understand transitions for two main reasons: (1) to overcome the sustainability issues produced by the current systems, and (2) to deal with the transitions that we are facing whether we want it or not.

Within sustainability transitions research, computational and mathematical modelling has been a consistent, if small, niche. I will present an overview of research done under the banner of transitions modelling, with an emphasis on work I have been involved in myself. In addition to this I will also discuss the challenges ahead for transitions modelling, including the potential of data-driven analysis.


Fjalar de Haan is a theoretician, developing computational and mathematical approaches for a scientific understanding of transitions to sustainability. Fjalar has an MSc in theoretical physics (Leiden University) and did his PhD on transitions (Erasmus University).

He has been exploring the fringe of transitions theory and modelling in a variety of sectoral contexts including health care, urban water management and energy, as part of international, interdisciplinary teams, project-based with industry, and in curiosity-driven solo projects. Fjalar currently is Lecturer – Sustainability Transitions at the Melbourne School of Design, The University of Melbourne.

Appointments with speaker may be made via Enayat A. Moallemi, or Brett Bryan,


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