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Ali Kerem Saysel, Ph.D.
Institute of Environmental Sciences
Boğaziši University, 34342 Bebek İstanbul
tel: +90 212 3597252; fax: +90 212 2575033
ali.saysel at boun.edu.tr
My research is on systems modeling, environmental dynamics and sustainability. I work on sustainability of irrigated agriculture in semiarid environments, governance of common pool resource systems and on climate policy. With my students, we develop computer models and simulation games for environmental policy analysis and to help people learn about the dynamic complexities of environmental resource systems. For successful policy design and effective learning, we need to understand and be able to improve decision makers' mental models of dynamically complex environmental problems. Dynamic simulation based decision experimentation is a method used to study the systematic biases in decision making that stem from deficient mental models.
I teach an undergraduate course on the challenging environmental problems of our time, emphasizing the limitations of reductionist approaches in technology and management and highlighting the importance of alternative social vision (Esc 307). I teach another undergraduate course in the Engineering Faculty, on experimental analysis of dynamic decision problems based on the simulation gaming method (IE 484). My graduate teaching is on the principles and methods of dynamic systems modeling, particularly applied to natural environments and resource systems (Esc 577) and on the applications of systems thinking and systems modeling on sustainability problems (Esc 578).
Ali Kerem Saysel's CV
Ali Kerem Saysel's publications
Courses: Esc 577: Systems Modeling for Environmental Dynamics (Fall)
Esc 578: Systems Inquiry and Modeling for Sustainability (Spring)
IE 484: Simulation Gaming and Decision Experimentation (Fall)
Esc 307: Social Ecology (Spring)
Read Ali Kerem Saysel's commentaries on climate, energy, food, water and vision (in Turkish)
Links to professional pages
Sytem Dynamics Society www.systemdynamics.org
International Society of Ecological Economics http://www.ecoeco.org