Who we are at-a-glance

We are a network of scientists and NGO’s coordinated by Prof. Battiston (Dpt. Baking and Finance, Univ. of Zurich) and we work on policy applications of complexity. We develop fundamental research to deliver data-driven insights on policies in the following areas: systemic risk and financial stability; sustainable finance and climate finance; impact investing and social impact finance. Finally, we aim to better understand barriers and enablers for civic society to engage more actively in the policy process with the aim to make growth not only ‘smart’ but also ‘inclusive’, in line with the H2020 Strategy. We are currently supported by the EU grant DOLFINS and we were previously supported by the EU grant SIMPOL, both within the Global Systems Science initiative of the Future Emerging Technologies programme (see more about funding here or below).

Funding

The SIMPOL Project is currently funded by the H2020 European grant DOLFINS (no. 640772) in the Global Systems Science area of the Future Emerging Technologies program.

 

Institution Country
University of Zurich
Switzerland
IMT Alti Studi Lucca
Italy
Global Climate Forum
Germany
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne
France
Institute Jozef Stefan, Ljubljana
Slovenija
London Institute for Mathematical Sciences
UK
Scuola Superiore di Studi Sant’Anna, Pisa
Italy
Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques
France
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies
Germany
University of Sussex
UK
University of Zaragoza
Spain
Young Foundation
UK
Plus-Value
UK
Finance Watch
Belgium

Team

University of Zurich

Prof. Dr. Stefano Battiston
Stefano Battiston is Swiss National Fund Professor at the Department of Banking and Finance of the University of Zurich. His work applies the complex networks approach both to the empirical analysis of large economic networks and the modelling of their dynamics. Since several years, his main interests have been financial contagion, default cascades, propagation of financial distress, as well as sustainability and climate-finance, where he combines the insights from the statistical mechanics of networks with the analysis of economic incentives. He is currently the coordinator of the EU project DOLFINS and has been the coordinator of the EU project SIMPOL (both within the Global Systems Science initiative of the Future Emerging Technologies programme). He has also been involved in several EU projects in various capacities. Website.

Dr. Paolo Barucca
Theoretical Physicist || #UZH || INET Oxford || LIMS || LSC co-founder | Statistical physics – Learning – Finance. Website.
Dr. Marco D’Errico
 

Global Climate Forum


Prof. Dr. Carlo Jaeger
Carlo C. Jaeger is an economist working on global systems, in particular on the role of financial markets in addressing – or exacerbating – the problem of climate change. He is co-founder and chairman of the Global Climate Forum, Professor at Potsdam University, Germany, Visiting Professor at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University (ASU), and the Beijing Normal University (BNU), China, where he has been appointed as an outstanding foreign expert to the Chinese government. Jaeger’s current research is focused on problems of global coordination, especially in view of sustainable development. Website
Franziska Schütze, MSc Franziska Schütze is an active contributor to the Green Growth research process since 2012 and the treasurer of GCF since 2014. She has a background in economics and obtained a ‘Bachelor of Science in Economics and Geography’ at the Utrecht School of Economics (the Netherlands) as well as a ‘Master of Science in International Economics and Business’ in Utrecht and at Lund University (Sweden). Furthermore, she complemented her studies with courses on Sustainable Development and Social Entrepreneurship at the Copenhagen Business School (Denmark). Prior to GCF, she worked in the private sector as an analyst for a venture capital fund for sustainable businesses in the area of renewable energy, e-mobility, natural resources and green IT. Website
 

IMT Alti Studi Lucca


Prof. Dr. Guido Caldarelli
Full Professor in Theoretical Physics, Vice-President of CSS, LIMS fellow. Caldarelli received his Ph.D. from SISSA, after which he was a postdoc in the Department of Physics and School of Biology, University of Manchester. He then worked at the Theory of Condensed Matter Group, University of Cambridge, where he worked with Robin Ball and stayed in Wolfson College. He returned to Italy as a lecturer at National Institute for Condensed Matter (INFM) and later as Primo Ricercatore in the Institute of Complex Systems of the National Research Council of Italy. In this period he was also the coordinator of the Networks subproject, part of the Complexity Project, for the Fermi Centre. He also spent some terms at University of Fribourg (Switzerland) and in 2006 he has been visiting professor at École Normale Supérieure in Paris. Website.
 

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne


Dr. Antoine Mandel
Antoine Mandel is associate professor of applied mathematics at University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and research fellow at the Paris School of Economics. He holds a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from University Panthéon-Sorbonne and has held a post-doctoral position at the Potsdam Institute for Climate impact research. His works focuses on the development of mathematical and computational models of economic and financial dynamics, using methods from game-theory, mathematical economics and agent-based modelling. His work has been applied among others to the assessment of green growth prospects in Europe, the analysis of carbon markets, the impact of financial instability on economic activity. He has participated in a number of transdisciplinary research projects. Currently he is a team-leader in the FP7 projects SIMPOL where he develops network-based models for climate finance and IMPRESSIONS where he contributes to the assessment of the impacts of high-end scenario. He also has recently received a grant from the Institute For New Economic Thinking to investigate analytical aspects of real-financial linkages in systems of heterogeneous interacting agents. Website.
 

Institute Jozef Stefan


Dr. Igor Mozetič
Igor Mozetič is a senior associate at JSI and the deputy head of the KT department. He has extensive international research and teaching experience (Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, George Mason University, USA, TU Vienna and OFAI, Austria). His current research interests are in knowledge discovery, semantic web, and big data and text mining. He was a member of the W3C standardization working group on Rule Interchange Format, and has participated in several EU projects (Ecolead, SEKT, NeOn, BISON, MUMIA, FIRST, FOC). Website.
 

London Institute for Mathematical Sciences


Hamza Zeytinoglu, M.D.
Hamza Zeytinoglu M.D., is a physician informaticist by training, healthcare services consultant and a founder of Pathway Solutions UK, a leading solution provider on healthcare commissioning services and claims management. As an early-adapter of informatics in healthcare and as co-director of the Informatics Dept. of CHA / Harvard Medical School, he designed major patient DB’s and introduced advanced statistical modelling to healthcare services. Through Clarifix Ltd and his collaboration with physicist Stefano Battiston he has worked on networks analysis of corporate influencers, investment stock and flow analysis, and they jointly developed the conceptual framework of Social Intelligent Networks.
 

Scuola Superiore di Studi Sant’Anna


Prof. Dr. Giovanni Dosi
Giovanni Dosi is professor of economics and director of the Institute of Economics at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, Italy. He also serves as director of the Industrial Policy and Intellectual Property Rights task forces at the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University. Additionally, Prof. Dosi is a continental Europe editor of the journal Industrial and Corporate Change. He is included in the 2000–2008 ISI Highly Cited Research list, denoting those who made fundamental contributions to the advancement of science and technology, and is a corresponding member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, the first academy of sciences in Italy. His major research areas – where he is author and editor of several works – include economics of innovation and technological change, industrial economics, evolutionary theory, economic growth and development, organizational studies. Website.
 

Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques


Dr. Mauro Napoletano
Mauro Napoletano is Senior Economist at OFCE, in Sophia-Antipolis (France). His research interests include agent-based computational economics applied to analysis of macroeconomic policies and of financial markets, the analysis of economic networks, and industrial dynamics. He has published several articles in international peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Games and Economic Behavior, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization, Regional Studies, Networks and Heterogeneous Media, European Physical Journal B. He participated to the EU FP7 Project “Monetary, Fiscal and Structural Policies with Heterogeneous Agents” (POLHIA), and to the project “The evolutionary paths toward the financial abyss and the endogenous spread of financial shocks into the real economy” financed by INET. He is currently participating to the EU FP7 project “Macro-Risk Assessment and Stabilization Policies with New Early Warning Signals” (RASTANEWS). Website.
 

Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies


Dr. Armin Haas
Dr. Armin Haas is fellow at the IASS, and leads the research process Integrated Risk Governance of the Global Climate Forum (GCF). At IASS his research focus concerns financial markets and their role for sustaining the economy, the society, and the environment. This includes the stability of the financial system itself, i.e. its resilience towards exogenous shocks and endogenous dynamics, and its potential for financing the real investments needed for the sustainability transition. At GCF, his current research focuses on innovative approaches for the management of large-scale uncertainties. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. Before joining IASS, he worked as senior scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and headed the research group Bayesian Risk Management. Website.
 

University of Sussex


Prof. Dr. Mariana Mazzucato
Mariana Mazzucato holds the prestigious RM Phillips chair in the Economics of Innovation at SPRU in the University of Sussex. Previously she has held academic positions at the University of Denver, London Business School, Open University, and Bocconi University. Her research focuses on the relationship between financial markets, innovation, and economic growth – at the company, industry and national level. Between 2009-2012 she directed a large 3 year European Commission FP7 funded project on Finance and Innovation (FINNOV); her current project on Financing Innovation is funded by the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET); and her project on Finance and Mission-Oriented Investments (The Entrepreneurial State) is funded by the Ford Foundation. Mazzucato also acts as expert and task force members in seven committees, including the European Commission’s Task Force on Public Sector Innovation and its High Level Economic Policy Expert Group Innovation for Growth (i4g). She also participates in several financial reforms initiatives such as the Transforming Finance coalition project led by Friends of the Earth and the New Economic Foundation’s Task force on New Jobs. Website.
 

University of Zaragoza


Prof. Dr. Yamir Moreno
Prof. Yamir Moreno got his PhD in Physics (Summa Cum Laude, 2000) from University of Zaragoza. Shortly afterwards, he joined the Condensed Matter Section of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Italy as a research fellow. He is the head of the Complex Systems and Networks Lab (COSNET) since 2003 and is also affiliated to the Department of Theoretical Physics of the Faculty of Sciences, University of Zaragoza. He is the Scientific Secretary of the Institute for Biocomputation and Physics of Complex Systems (BIFI) and member of its Government Board and Steering Committee. During the last years, he has been working on several problems, including evolutionary game theory and the structure and dynamics of complex networked systems. He has published more than 130 scientific papers in international refereed journals that have collected more than 6400 citations (h=33), including the most cited Physics Reports of the last ten years (paper 1 below). At present, he is a member of the Editorial Board of Scientific Reports, the Journal of Complex Networks and Academic Editor of PLoS ONE. Prof. Moreno is also the Vice-chairman of the Complex Systems Society and member of the Future and Emerging Technology Advisory Group of the European Union’s Research Program H2020. Website.

Prof. Dr. Anxo Sánchez
Anxo Sánchez received his PhD in Theoretical Physics (with distinction) from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, in 1991. He then went on to a postdoctoral stay at Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA, as a Fulbright fellow. Currently, he is full professor of Applied Mathematics at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, where he founded the Interdisciplinary Group in Complex Systems (GISC) in 1996. He is also a a researcher and member of the Scientific Committee of the Institute UC3M-BS for Financial Big Data, and an associate researcher with BIFI, a research institute of Universidad de Zaragoza. Website.
 

PlusValue


Dr. Filippo Addarii
Filippo Addarii is Director of International Strategy and Head of EuropeLab at The Young Foundation, senior research associate at the Global Climate Forum, the Berlin-based research centre for sustainable development, and visiting fellow of IMT Lucca (PhD School). He has 12 years’ experience in designing, fundraising for and managing European multi-stakeholder projects for local development through innovative approaches and civic engagement. He holds a non-executive position in the impact investment fund Hub Launchpad (UK), in the French Movement of Social Entrepreneurs (Mouves), and Nethical s.r.l. Italian company leader in e-healthcare. He’s also a fellow in the European Center for Living Technologies (University Ca’ Foscari, Venice), senior associate at Agirre Center for Social and Political Studies (Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain), and Goodwill Ambassador of Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund and World NGO Day Initiative. He’s a fellow of BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders (Germany). Dr. Addarii has a degree in Philosophy at University of Bologna, a MSc in non-profit management at the University of Urbino, a Leonardo bursary for research at Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, and enrolled in executive education courses at Harvard (Kennedy School), INSEAD (ISEP) and Cass Business School (Centre for Charity Effectiveness).
 

Young Foundation


Dr. Monica Nagore
Before joining the Young Foundation Mónica worked for the City of York Council as Innovation manager. This two years were an enriching experience for her. They led “Genius Open” a transnational project to transfer our open innovation model to involve citizens in the design of the solutions for their city challenges to the cities of Siracusa, San Sebastián and Tallinn. They were finalists of the Bloomberg Philanthropies competition, the Mayors Challenge, with “Right to Solve” an improved gaming version of Genius model. Therefore, using the same principles they designed a cross-cutting people-centred project management model used internally for re-designing public services. In Spain Mónica hold a varied experience in managing public services in Minorca. They created a new housing office and enabled access to public housing to all residents. During the most critical years of the crisis in Spain new groups of beneficiaries at social risk due to the new economical context were included in the framework of the Employment services and assisted. She was also involved in the implementation of the digital administration ensuring residents had online access to the most demanded public procedures and formalities. Website.
 

Finance Watch


Benoît Lallemand
Benoît Lallemand has 10 years’ experience in the market infrastructure industry. He worked as a team leader in structured finance issuance. He then became responsible for the coordination of several business steering committees, covering the impact of Basel II, MiFID, consolidation in the post-trade industry and the work of the CESAME group, amongst others. He was most recently a senior internal consultant at Euroclear, specialized in asset servicing and business intelligence, including regulatory reporting. He is co-heading the policy analysis team at Finance Watch, responsible for Banking Structure, TTIP, and other files and the author of a position paper on MiFID 2, ‘Investing not Betting’. Benoît joined Finance Watch in October 2011 as one of the first employees. As a policy analyst, he has been involved in MiFID 2 (financial markets regulation), FTT (financial transaction tax), Banking Structure (separation of banking activities), TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) and other files. He has also initiated and driven Finance Watch’s first widepublic campaign, ‘Change Finance’. Benoît is also in the single point of contact for Better Markets, a sister organization in Washington D.C. He frequently represents Finance Watch at a high level, both in the media and in public events. Website.