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DK 5279David Korowicz is a systems thinker, physicist and human systems ecologist. He is interested in 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.

David has been a pioneer in drawing upon ideas from fields such as ecology, complexity and systems science, and behavioural 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; pandemic shocks 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.

In recent times he has been an invited contributor to the pandemic working group of the Global Agenda Council on Complexity & Risk (World Economic Forum); presented on contingency planning for large-scale socio-economic stress and shocks; and taught a masters course Human Systems Ecology & Systemic Risk at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic.

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 on the executive committee of Feasta, The Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability - a think-tank. He practices as an independent consultant at David Korowicz Human Systems Consulting.

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


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Interview initially recorded in Brno, Czech Republic on 29 January 2014 during David’s lecture tour in Slovakia
and the Czech Republic. It was then re-edited over the following month. It comprises two parts: How to be Trapped and Anger & Complicity in a time of Limits.