UCL Centre for Systems Engineering


Systems Thinking Tools for Sustainability

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This course is suitable for anyone who wants to develop skills in applying systems thinking tools in the context of establishing sustainable practices. This course is introductory and assumes no prior knowledge of the topic

The workshop will next run on:

  • 14th April 2014

Contact Laura Mullin on +44 (0)1483 204 100

The workshop is run in London, on the UCL Campus, a short walk from Euston Station.

The course runs from 09:30 to 16:30.

The cost is £375, including a light lunch and refreshments of tea and coffee.


Complex systems are more than just the sum of their parts. Within a network the fact that elements can and do interact gives rise to systemic behaviours. If these are not understood, any system changes we make risk unforeseen consequences. But how do we develop our system understanding when such cause-and-effects are often non-obvious? We can apply systems thinking tools and techniques, such as cause-and-effect thinking or systems dynamics.


The course is delivered as a combination of interactive taught sessions and group exercises.


This course is delivered by Dr. Laura Mullin, a tutor with UCL's Centre for Systems Engineering.

Laura's interests include service systems engineering and the application of systems thinking to business and project management. She has worked in complex projects in research, healthcare and space operations over the last 12 years.