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DK 5279David Korowicz supports those who are concerned about large-scale systemic risk arising from the convergence of global financial instability and ecological constraints in the context of an increasingly complex and integrated globalised economy. He is an advocate for a re-appraisal of risk and the need for resilience and shock planning.

Conventional macroeconomics is not up to the task of understanding society’s a changing risk landscape. Other tools are needed. David has been a pioneer in drawing upon ideas from fields such as ecology, complexity and systems science, and behavioral science to shed light on emergent risks, vulnerabilities and uncertainties. He has written influential studies on the nature of the globalised economy as a complex living system; the financial and socio-economic implications of a peak in global oil production; the propagation of financial and monetary shocks through trade networks and critical infrastructures; and the limits to growth.

He has given briefings, keynote lectures and delivered workshops world-wide to governmental and non-governmental organizations, critical institutions, parliamentary committees, critical infrastructure companies and the general public.

David was a ministerial appointment to the council of Comhar, Ireland’s sustainable development commission. He was head of research at The Ecology Foundation. He is director of Metis Risk. He is on the executive committee of Feasta, The Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability - a think-tank.

David studied physics at Trinity College Dublin, the University of London and the Tyndall National Institute.


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Catastrophic Shocks in Complex Socio-Economic Systems—a pandemic perspective.

This paper looks at the effect of a major pandemic on the operation of complex socio-economic systems. It discusses the links between initial pandemic absenteeism and supply-chain contagion - and the evolution and rate of shock propagation.