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  • E-mailBirgit.Kopainsky@uib.no
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  • Visitor Address
    Fosswinckelsgt. 6
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    724
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    Postboks 7802
    5020 Bergen

In my research, I explore the role that system dynamics analysis and modeling techniques play in facilitating transformation processes in social-ecological systems, such as the transition towards sustainable agri-food systems on local, national and international levels. My goal is to provide guidelines for learning about complex dynamic systems and for making information about climate change, agriculture and food security both accessible and relevant for action. I work both in Europe and in several sub-Saharan African countries.

I am particularly passionate about engaging with a wide range of stakeholders by creatively adapting proven tools and techniques from systems thinking and system dynamics modeling to advance decision-making in social ecological systems and to achieve breakthrough moments of understanding for those stakeholders to become champions of change towards resilience and sustainability.

2017. Med blikk på bærekraften i europeisk landbruk / EU funding for climate dynamics project. University of Bergen Aktuelt / News (interview). http://www.uib.no/svf/104655/med-blikk-p%C3%A5-b%C3%A6rekraften-i-europeisk-landbruk / http://www.uib.no/en/svf/104634/eu-funding-climate-dynamics-project

2015. UiB-forskere lytter til afrikanske bønder / Listening to the voices of Africa's farmers. University of Bergen Aktuelt / News (interview). http://www.uib.no/aktuelt/92385/uib-forskere-lytter-til-afrikanske-b%C3%B8nder / http://www.uib.no/en/news/92401/listening-voices-africa%E2%80%99s-farmers

2014. På randen av en matkrise. HUBRO, 20-21. (interview)

2014. On the verge of a food crisis. The UiB Magazine, 2014/2015, 24-25. (interview)

  • Kopainsky, Birgit. 2019. System Dynamics at Sixty: The Path Forward.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit. 2019. Sustainable and healthy diets. Synergies and trade-offs in Switzerland.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit; Gerber, Andreas; Lara Arango, David; Nyanga, Progress Hanzwida. 2019. Short-term versus long-term decision trade-offs: Evidence from a model-based observational experiment with African small-scale farmers. Systems research and behavioral science. 215-228.
  • Nicholson, Charles F.; Stephens, Emma; Jones, A.D.; Kopainsky, Birgit; Parsons, David; Garrett, James H. 2019. Setting Priorities to Address the Research Gaps Between Agricultural Systems Analysis and Food Security Outcomes in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. .
  • Aguiar Rodriguez, Anaely; Gebremariam, Mekdes Kebede; Kopainsky, Birgit; Lien, Nanna. 2019. Review of existing system dynamics models on overweight/obesity in children and ado-lescents. D7.1 H2020 project CoCREATE. .
  • Kommich, Christian; Gallagher, Louise; Kopainsky, Birgit; Dubois, Marc; Sovann, C.; Buth, C.; Bréthaut, Christian. 2019. Participatory modelling updates expectations for individuals and groups, catalyzing be-havior change and collective action in nexus governance. Earth's Future.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit. 2019. On using system dynamics to build adaptive capacity with small-scale farmers in developing countries.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit. 2019. Navigating between analytical rigor and inclusiveness in participatory systems modeling.
  • Pedercini, Matteo; Kleemann, Holger Maxmilian; Dlamini, Nombuso; Dlamini, Vangile; Kopainsky, Birgit. 2019. Integrated simulation for national development planning. Kybernetes. 208-223.
  • Pedercini, Matteo; Kleemann, Holger Maximilian; Dlamini, N.; Dlamini, V.; Kopainsky, Birgit. 2019. Integrated simulation for national development planning. Kybernetes.
  • Thompson, William; Aguiar Rodriguez, Anaely; Bonhilla-Duarte, S.; Krütli, Pius; Kopainsky, Birgit. 2019. DR-UK Banana Value Chain Climate Resilience Workshop. Forming a transdisciplinary platform to generate stakeholder designed strategies to enhance climate resilience. .
  • Thompson, William; Curcio, B.; Aguiar Rodriguez, Anaely; Bonhilla-Duarte, S.; Kopainsky, Birgit; Krütli, Pius; Six, Johan. 2019. DR-UK Banana Producer Resilience Assessment. Understanding preparation, impacts and recovery responses to hurricane-induced flooding for smallholder banana producers. .
  • Meuwissen, Miranda; Feindt, Peter; Spiegel, Alisa; Termeer, Catrien J.A.M.; Mathijs, Erik; de Mey, Yann; Finger, Robert; Balmann, Alfons; Wauters, Erwin; Urquhart, Julie; Vigani, Mauro; Zawalińska, Katarzyna; Herrera, Hugo; Nicholas-Davies, Philippa; Hansson, Helena; Paas, Wim; Slijper, Thomas; Coopmans, Isabeau; Vroege, Willemijn; CIECHOMSKA, Anna; Accatino, Francesco; Kopainsky, Birgit; Poortvliet, P. Marijn; Candel, Jeroen; Maye, Damian; Severini, Simone; Senni, Saverio; Soriano, Barbara; Lagerkvist, Carl-Johan; Peneva, Mariya; Gavrilescu, Camelia; Reidsma, Pytrik. 2019. A framework to assess the resilience of farming systems. Agricultural Systems.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit. 2019. #foodcanfixit. How food and system dynamics have given me a career.
  • Bennich, Therese; Belyazid, Salim; Kopainsky, Birgit; Diemer, Arnaud. 2018. Understanding the transition to a bio-based economy: Exploring dynamics linked to the agricultural sector in Sweden. Sustainability. 1-22.
  • Bennich, Therese; Belyazid, Salim; Kopainsky, Birgit; Diemer, Arnaud. 2018. The bio-based economy: Dynamics governing transition pathways in the Swedish forestry sector. Sustainability. 1-18.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit. 2018. Synergies and trade-offs between healthy consumption and sustainable production.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit. 2018. Simulation-based field experiments to study dynamic decision making.
  • Mathijs, Erik; Deckers, Jo; Kopainsky, Birgit; Nitzko, Sina; Spiller, Achim. 2018. Scenarios for EU Farming. Deliverable 1.2. .
  • Meuwissen, Miranda; Paas, Wim; Coopmans, Isabeau; CIECHOMSKA, Anna; Lievens, Eewoud; Deckers, Jo; Vroege, Willemijn; Mathijs, Erik; Kopainsky, Birgit; Herrera, Hugo; Reidsma, Pytrik. 2018. Report on Resilience Framework for EU Agriculture. Deliverable 1.1. .
  • Herrera de Leon, Hugo Jose; Kopainsky, Birgit. 2018. Public Policy Planning to Enhance the Resilience of Socio-Ecological Systems to Climate Change. Operationalising Resilience Concepts from a Dynamic Perspective.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit. 2018. On using system dynamics to build adaptive capacity with small-scale farmers in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Herrera, Hugo; Kopainsky, Birgit; Appel, Franziska; Balman, Alfons; Accatino, Francesco; Tichit, Muriel; Reidsma, Pytrik. 2018. Impact Assessment Tool to Assess the Resilience of Farming Systems and their Delivery of Private and Public Goods. Deliverable 5.1. .
  • Davidsen, Pål; Kopainsky, Birgit; Moxnes, Erling; Pedercini, Matteo; Wheat, David. 2018. A systems education at Bergen. 7 pages.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit. 2017. Ökonomische und ökologische Wirkungen der Schweizer Land- und Ernährungswirtschaft: Bestandsaufnahme und mögliche kritische Faktoren in der Zukunft.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit; Hager, Gerid ; Herrera , Hugo ; Nyanga, Progress. 2017. Transforming food systems at local levels: using participatory system dynamics in an interactive manner to refine small-scale farmers’ mental models. Ecological Modelling. 101-110.
  • Gerber, Andreas. 2017. The Dynamics of Food Availability in sub-Saharan Africa. An Endogenous Perspective on Food Production Systems.
  • Stave, Krystyna; Kopainsky, Birgit. 2017. System dynamics as a framework for understanding human-environment dynamics. 12 pages.
  • de Mey, Yann; Meuwissen, Miranda; Mathijs, Erik; Wauters, Erwin; Vigani, Mauro; Midmore, Peter; Lagerkvist, Carl-Johan; Kopainsky, Birgit; Tichit, Murielle; Garrido, Alberto; Severini, Simone; Finger, Robert; Balman, Alfons; Gavrilescu, Camelia; Mishev, Plamen; Zawalińska, Katarzyna; Spiller, Achim. 2017. SURE-Farm: Towards SUstainable and REsilient EU FARMing systems.
  • Stave, Krystyna; Kopainsky, Birgit; Tadesse, Aklilu Tilahun; Anteneh, Masfin; Getenet, Belachew; Mengistu, Abebe Ameha; Sebhat, Mesenbet Yibeltal; Aynalem, Shimelis; Tefera, Berihun; Wassie, Alemayehu; Abebe, Azanav; Goshu, Goraw; Aragaw, Chalachew; Beyene, Biazenlegn S; AYENEW, MELAK MESFIN. 2017. Participatory system dynamics mapping for collaboration and socioecological integration in the Lake Tana region. 16 pages.
  • Lane, David C.; Kopainsky, Birgit. 2017. Natural resource management: Contributions of system dynamics to research, policy and implementation. Selected papers from the Seventh European System Dynamics Workshop, at University of Bergen, Norway. Systems research and behavioral science. 378-385.
  • Brombach, Christine; Flückiger, Stefan; Rohrmann, Sabine; Stolze, Mathias; Kopainsky, Birgit; Nathani, Carsten; Frischknecht, Rolf; Schader, Christian. 2017. Experts’ opinion about the interaction of sustainable nutrition, health and future of agricultural systems in Switzerland.
  • Gerber, Andreas; Lara Arango, David; Nyanga, Progress; Kopainsky, Birgit. 2017. Evidence about dynamic decision-making based on a field experiment with African farmers.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit; Gerber, Andreas; Lara Arango, David; Nyanga, Progress. 2017. Evidence about dynamic decision-making based on a field experiment with African farmers.
  • Brzezina, Natalia; Biely, Katharina; Helfgott, Ariella; Kopainsky, Birgit; Vervoort, Joost; Mathijs, Erik. 2017. Development of organic farming in Europe at the crossroads: Looking for the way forward through system archetypes lenses.
  • Brzezina, Natalia; Biely, Katharina; Helfgott, Ariella; Kopainsky, Birgit; Vervoort, Joost; Mathijs, Erik. 2017. Development of organic farming in Europe at the crossroads: Looking for the way forward through system archetype lenses. Sustainability.
  • Brzezina, Natalia; Kopainsky, Birgit; Mathijs, Erik. 2017. Designing robust policy for sustainable development of organic farming in Switzerland: A simulation-based approach.
  • Lara Arango, David; Gerber, Andreas; Nyanga, Progress; Kopainsky, Birgit. 2017. Cournot markets in the field: The case of Zambian farmers.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit; Ledermann, Samuel T.; Tribaldos, Theresa. 2017. A Food Systems Perspective for Food and Nutrition Security beyond the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Systems research and behavioral science. 178-190.
  • Alarcon, Ana Lucia Avila. 2016. Subsistence Farming Household. Dynamic Profile.
  • Jörin, Jonas; Hauenstein, Samuel; Tendall, Danielle; Six, Johan; Kopainsky, Birgit. 2016. Resilience in food systems: The case of tef in Ethiopia. Sight and Life. 22-27.
  • Derwish, Sebastian; Morone, Piergiuseppe; Tröger, Katharine; Kopainsky, Birgit. 2016. Investigating the drivers of innovation diffusion in a low income country context. The case of adoption of improved maize seed in Malawi. Futures : The journal of policy, planning and futures studies. 161-175.
  • Tadesse, Biruktavit. 2016. Farmers' Decision Making and Food Insecurity: The Case of Ethiopian Households A System Dynamics Approach.
  • Brzezina, Natalia; Kopainsky, Birgit; Mathijs, Erik. 2016. Can organic farming reduce vulnerabilities and enhance the resilience of the European food system? A critical assessment using system dynamics structural thinking tools. Sustainability. 32 pages.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit; Größler, Andreas. 2016. 34th International Conference of the System Dynamics Society 2016. System Dynamics Society.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit. 2015. Was heisst nachhaltige Intensivierung für die europäische Landwirtschaft?
  • Fischer, Helen; Kapmeier, Florian; Tabacaru, Mihaela; Kopainsky, Birgit. 2015. The more you see the less you “get”: On the importance of a higher-level perspective for understanding dynamic systems.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit; Alessi, Stephen M.; Pedercini, Matteo; Davidsen, Pål. 2015. The effect of prior exploration as an instructional strategy in system dynamics learning environments. Simulation & Gaming. 293-321.
  • Steinhilber, Conrad. 2015. The Maize Value Chain in Zambia: Dynamics and Resilience Towards Production Shocks.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit; Nicholson, Charles F. 2015. System dynamics and sustainable intensification of food systems: Complementarities and challenges.
  • Alessi, Stephen M.; Kopainsky, Birgit. 2015. System dynamics and simulation-gaming: Overview. Simulation & Gaming.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit. 2015. System Dynamics zur Verbesserung der Nahrungsmittel-Versorgungssicherheit in Afrika.
  • Herrera, Hugo; Kopainsky, Birgit. 2015. Rethinking agriculture in a shrinking world: Operationalization of resilience with a System Dynamics perspective.
  • Spicer, Jacynta. 2015. Representation and Dynamic Implications of Mental Models of Food Systems: A case study of dynamic decision making of smallscale farmers in Zambia .
  • Schreiber, Eduardo E. Bou. 2015. Maize Losses During Storage: A System Dynamics approach to the Food Reserve Agency Case in Zambia.
  • Hager, Gerid; Nyanga, Progress H.; Kopainsky, Birgit. 2015. Learning as conceptual change during community based group interventions. A case study with smallholder farmers in Zambia.
  • Hager, Gerid. 2015. LEARNING ABOUT SYSTEMS THROUGH INTERACTION: A CASE STUDY WITH SMALLHOLDER FARMERS IN ZAMBIA.
  • Tendall, Danielle; Jörin, Jonas; Kopainsky, Birgit; Edwards, Peter; Shreck, Aimée; Le, Quang Bao; Krütli, Pius; Grant, Michelle; Six, Johan. 2015. Food system resilience: Defining the concept. Global Food Security. 17-23.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit; Huber, Robert; Pedercini, Matteo. 2015. Food provision and environmental goals in the Swiss agri-food system: System dynamics and the social-ecological systems framework. Systems research and behavioral science. 414-432.
  • Hager, Gerid; Kopainsky, Birgit; Nyanga, Progress H. 2015. Filling the cups: Learning about systems through community-based processes.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit; Alessi, Stephen M. 2015. Effects of structural transparency in system dynamics simulators on performance and understanding. Systems. 152-176.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit. 2015. Dynamic simulation modeling in social-ecological systems.
  • Stave, Krystyna; Kopainsky, Birgit. 2015. Dynamic decision making in coupled social ecological systems. Integration of small-scale farmers’ goals, resources and strategies for natural resource manage-ment in Amhara region, Ethiopia.
  • Birbilaj, Aurora. 2015. Dynamic Decision-Making About Natural Resource Use In Ethiopia.
  • Stave, Krystyna; Kopainsky, Birgit. 2015. A system dynamics framework to promote sustainability in the Lake Tana Basin, Ethiopia social-ecological system.
  • Stave, Krystyna; Kopainsky, Birgit. 2015. A system dynamics approach for examining mechanisms and pathways of food supply vulnerability. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. 321-336.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit. 2014. Using system dynamics in food security projects.
  • Wheat, David; Kopainsky, Birgit; Davidsen, Pål; Pedercini, Matteo. 2014. Systems Education at Bergen. Systems. 159-167.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit. 2014. Sustainable Development Goals and Targets on Food and Nutrition Security through Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems in the Post-2015 Agenda. Background Paper. .
  • Stave, Krystyna; Kopainsky, Birgit. 2014. Strengthening Links between Policy and Research for Sustainable Development in the Lake Tana Basin.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit. 2014. På randen av en matkrise. Hubro. Magasin for Universitetet i Bergen. 20-21.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit. 2014. On the verge of a food crisis. University of Bergen, International Magazine. 24-25.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit. 2014. Good governance in a complex world. System dynamics for agriculture and food security.
  • AYENEW, MELAK MESFIN; Kopainsky, Birgit. 2014. Food insecurity in Ethiopia: Population, food production and market.
  • Amelia, Dea Fitri. 2014. Exploring Policies to Enhance the Difffusion of Conservation Agriculture in Zambia through Understanding Dynamic Behavior.
  • Amelia, Dea Fitri; Kopainsky, Birgit; Nyanga, Progress H. 2014. Exploratory model of conservation agriculture adoption and diffusion in Zambia: A dynamic perspective.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit. 2014. Ernährungssicherheit und Ressourceneffizienz in der Schweiz – Ein Widerspruch?
  • Stave, Krystyna; Kopainsky, Birgit. 2014. Dynamic thinking about food system vulnerabilities in highly developed countries: Issues and initial analytic structure.
  • Saldarriaga, Maria; Nyanga, Progress H.; Kopainsky, Birgit. 2014. Dynamic decision making in coupled social-ecological systems. Smallholder farmers’ goals, resources and constraints in improving food security and adapting to climate change in Zambia.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit. 2014. A conceptual framework for the discussion of targets and indicators for a post-2015 goal on food and nutrition security through sustainable agriculture and food systems.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit. 2013. Using system dynamics in food security projects.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit. 2013. The complexity of the world food system. Integrated analyses of food system outcomes.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit. 2013. The challenges of modeling agriculture. Experiences from a system-dynamics based application in Switzerland.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit. 2013. Synergies and trade-offs between environmental and economic outcomes in agri-food systems. A system dynamics approach to scenario and policy analysis.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit; Tröger, Katharine; Derwisch, Sebastian; Ulli-Beer, Silvia. 2013. Social Dynamics Overriding Utility Evaluations for Good and Bad: Implications for the Design of Sustainable Food Security Policies in Sub-Saharan African Countries. 19 pages.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit. 2013. Planificación para la adaptación al cambio climático con la ayuda de modelos de simulación. Experiencias y lecciones de Burkina Faso en África.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit. 2013. Planificación para la adaptación al cambio climático con la ayuda de modelos de simulación.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit. 2013. Panelist comments to “A practitioner’s guide to green economy modeling tools.”.
  • Saldarriaga, Maria; Kopainsky, Birgit; Alessi, Stephen. 2013. Knowledge analysis in coupled social-ecological systems. What do stakeholders in sub Saharan Africa know about the dynamic complexity of climate change, agriculture and food security?
  • Zoss, Marc; Kopainsky, Birgit; Becker, Barbara. 2013. Implications of trends in global food and nutrition security at national level – The example of Switzerland.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit; Huber, Robert; Pedercini, Matteo. 2013. Exploring synergies between system dynamics and a social-ecological systems framework. The case of the Swiss agri-food system between production, environmental and public health goals.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit; Züllich, Gunda; Movilla, Santiago. 2013. Adaptation to climate change in sub Saharan Africa. A multi-sector impact analysis for Burkina Faso.
  • Alessi, Stephen M.; Kopainsky, Birgit; Moxnes, Erling. 2012. Teaching resource management with web-based models and multi-player games.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit. 2012. Sustainable agriculture and climate change. Policy analysis and design using system dynamics.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit. 2012. Food for all. Recommendations for enhancing the implementation of food security and sustainable agriculture and food systems.
  • Momanyi, Eric; Penderis, Sharon; Kopainsky, Birgit. 2012. Dynamics of Poverty Traps in Kenya. Modelling Food Security, Population Growth and the Poverty Trap. LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit; Tröger, Katharine; Derwisch, Sebastian; Ulli-Beer, Silvia. 2012. Designing sustainable food security policies in sub-Saharan African countries: how social dynamics over-ride utility evaluations for good and bad. Systems research and behavioral science. 575-589.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit; Pirnay-Dummerb, Pablo; Alessic, Stephen M. 2012. Automated assessment of learners' understanding in complex dynamic systems. System Dynamics Review. 131-156.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit; Saldarriaga, Maria. 2012. Assessing understanding and learning about dynamic systems.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit; Sawicka, Agata. 2011. Simulator-supported descriptions of complex dynamic problems: experimental results on task performance and system understanding. System Dynamics Review. 142-172.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit; Alessi, Stephen M.; Davidsen, Pål. 2011. Measuring knowledge acquisition in dynamic decision making tasks.
  • Pedercini, Matteo; Movilla Blanco, Santiago; Kopainsky, Birgit. 2011. Application of the Malaria Management Model to the Analysis of Costs and Benefits of DDT versus Non-DDT Malaria Control. PLOS ONE.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit; Pedercini, Matteo; Davidsen, Pål; Alessi, Stephen. 2010. A Blend of Planning and Learning Simplifying a Simulation Model of National Development. Simulation & Gaming. 641-662.
  • Sawicka, Agata; Kopainsky, Birgit; Gonzalez, Jose J. 2008. Learning about Dynamic Problems with Computer Simulators: A Case of System Dynamics Simulation Models. 3 pages.
  • Kopainsky, Birgit; Luna-Reyes, Luis F. 2008. Closing the Loop: Promoting Synergies with Other Theory Building Approaches to Improve System Dynamics Practice. Systems research and behavioral science. 471-486.

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