Publications by SBL team

Publication Year
2024 Systems beings: Educating for a complex world Educational Philosophy and Theory Derek Gladwin and Naoko Ellis
2023 A pedagogy of unbecoming for geosciences otherwise Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Special issue on Race, Nature and Environment Reimer, C., Ruder, S.L., Koppes, M., Sundberg, J.
2023 Developing transdisciplinarity in first‐year engineering Journal of Engineering Education Tembrevilla, G., Nesbit, S., Ellis, N., & Ostafichuk, P.
2023 Complexities of confronting colonialism in conservation Stein, S., Ahenakew, C., Hunt, D. & Oliveira da Silva Huni Kui, S.
2023 In a complex world, our graduates need to be systems beings University World News: The Global Window on Higher Education Gladwin, D., Ellis, N.
2022 Design thinking and social construction: A practical guide to innovation in research BIS publishers Camargo-Borges, C. & McNamee, S.
2022 How climate storytelling helps navigate complexity and find solutions The Conversation Ellis, N., Gladwin, D.
2022 Imagining futures literacies: A collaborative practice Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice Gladwin, D., Horst, R., James, K., Sameshima, P.
2022 Braiding knowledges of braided rivers: the need for place-based understandings and lived experiences of landscapes into the science of scenery Earth Surface Processes and Landforms Koppes, M.
2021 The Patch: An Artful Syn(aes)thetic Mapping Of Linguistic Data Through Collaborative Digital / Analogue Literacy Processes McGill Journal of Education / Revue Des Sciences De l’éducation De McGill James, K., Horst, R., Takeda, Y. P., Morales, E.
2021 Hospicing Modernity: Facing Humanity’s Wrongs and the Implications for Social Activism Berkeley: North Atlantic Books Machado de Oliveira, V.
2021 Depth education and the possibility of GCE otherwise Globalisation, Societies and Education Andreotti, V.O.
2019 Towards braiding Musagetes Foundation Jimmy, E., Andreotti, V., & Stein, S.
2019 System dynamics modelling as a tool for assessing rural water sustainability IRC WASH Systems Symposium Chintalapati, P., Walters, J., Javernick-Will, A., Kinden, K.
2017 An emerging signature pedagogy for sustainable food systems education Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems Valley, W., Wittman, H., Jordan, N., Ahmed, S., & Galt, R.
Weaving Indigenous perspectives and Western science in invasive species and climate change research (In preparation) Invited Tansley Review Ignace, D.D., MacLean, M., & Hart, C.

Recommended readings

  1. Capra, F., & Luisi, P. L. (2014). The systems view of life: A unifying vision. Cambridge University Press. 
  2. Cremene, L. (2022). Complex systems literacy: Social dilemmas – the setup for managerial decision-making in a complex world, in A. Taylor (ed.), Rethinking Leadership for a Green World, pp. 145-175. Routledge. DOI:
  3. Goede, R. (2020). Nature’s enduring patterns: A path to systems literacy. Systems Research Behavioural Science, 37, 787-788. DOI: 
  4. Laszlo, K.C. (2012). From systems thinking to systems being: The embodiment of evolutionary leadership. Journal of Organizational Transformation & Social Change, 9(2), 95-108. DOI: 
  5. Laszlo, K.C. (2014). Systems Thinking & Being. Magenta Wisdom. 
  6. Mason, M. (2013). What is complexity theory and what are its implications for educational change? Educational Philosophy and Theory, 40:1, 35-49, DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-5812.2007.00413.x  
  7. Meadows, D. Dancing with Systems
  8. Rayner, C., & Bonnici, F. (2021). The systems work of social change: How to harness connection, context, and power to cultivate deep and enduring change. Oxford University Press.  
  9. Silverman, H. (2017). Systems Literacy: A Toolkit for Purposeful Change. The Community Resilience Reader: Essential Resources for an Era of Upheaval, 131-145.
  10. Taylor, S., Calvo-Amodio, J., & Well, J. (2020). A Method for Measuring Systems Thinking Learning. Systems, 8(2), 11. DOI:
  11. Vidal, J. (2023). Systems Thinking in Education: Its Application in a D-VUCA World. Social Science Research Network (Online ahead of print). DOI:
  12. Westley, F., B. Zimmerman, & M. Q. Patton. (2006). Getting to maybe: how the world is changed. Random House, Canada.