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This module (PDFWeb version) provides basic material and lesson plans on integrating complexity content into ecosystem approaches to health pedagogy. It contains an introduction, overview and rationale as well as sections on non-linear thinking, mapping complexity, transdisciplinarity, tools and intervention examples.


Ruth Cromie Tuyet Hanh Tran Thi Purvi Mehta Bhatt
For a look at the role of NGOs in complex questions surrounding wetlands, you can ask students to watch Ruth Cromie's presentation at EcoHealth 2014.

For a short presenation of an ecohealth issue in Vietnam and challenges in addressing complexity in student work, you can have students watch Tuyet-Hanh Tran Thi's presentation at EcoHealth 2014.

For a discussion of communicating complexity to different ecohealth stakeholders, you can ask students to watch Purvi Mehta-Bhatt's plenary presentation at EcoHealth 2014.

Nil Basu Cheryl Gladu Transdisciplinariedad Ekosante

To give an example of working with complexity in a transdisciplinary team, you can ask students to watch Nil Basu' plenary presentation at EcoHealth 2014.

For a presentation to stimulate discussion on art, complexity and uncertainty, you can ask students to watch Cheryl Gladu's presentation at EcoHealth 2014

Ekosanté module on transdisciplinarity (in Spanish) with sections on theory, links to research, and challenges. 


Environmental Health Decisions: Activity and Lesson plans

  • The activities are comprised of a four-step process aiming to create a model of nature and human activities. The model is then used to build a complete list of six environmental health variables and human impacts. These variables are used to understand the complexity of environmental health and appreciate the difficulty of environmental decision making. (Secondary school level, but adaptable to university level.)

Learning for sustainability: Systems Thinking

  • The LfS site highlights on-line resources for those working with complex issues. It showcases the wide range of activities, skills and processes that collectively support constructive engagement, co-design, adaptation, and reflective practice.


  • NetLogo is a multi-agent programmable modeling environment for students, teachers, and researchers worldwide. It can be used for activties like participatory simulations.