Historians have long been fascinated by the decline and fall of civilizations, supplying various explanations of what make them eventually end. Typically these explanations imply a growing risk over time, whether from environmental degradation, complexity or moral decay. But is this true? And if it is not true, what are the implications for our own future? This talk will discuss how the stability of complex social systems relates to the stability of companies, species, software and other systems.


Research Themes

Research Programmes