• E-mailsaeed.langarudi@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 30 79
  • Visitor Address
    Fosswinckels gate 6
    Lauritz Meltzers hus
    5007 Bergen
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7802
    5020 Bergen

We, humans, extract natural resources to produce goods and services that presumably improve our quality of life. Our extraction activities, however, could degrade the environment and have unforeseen impacts on the ecological systems that we live in. In the long run, our well-intended actions (extraction) might have unintended consequences for us and other living beings. As animals who think and reason, it is our responsibility to study and understand how our decision-making and interventions affect our socioecological systems.

In my research, I use system dynamics, development economics, and other social theories to understand how the processes involved in the natural resource extraction decisions shape the dynamics of social, economic, political, and ecological systems. The knowledge gained can help us re-engineer these processes to minimize the unintended consequences of our decisions and actions.

Before I joined UiB in 2022, I had taught various undergraduate courses, including economics, operations research, mathematics, and system dynamics. Currently, my teaching is focused only on graduate-level system dynamics.

At the moment, GEO-SD303 (Model-based Analysis and Policy Design) is the main course I teach. I also co-teach GEO-SD310 (Writing course and project description) along with Peter Andersen and Birgit Kopainsky.

Academic article
  • Show author(s) (2023). Never the strongest: reconciling the four schools of thought in system dynamics in the debate on quality. System Dynamics Review.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Conceptual Framework for Modeling Dynamic Complexities in Produced Water Management. Water.
  • Show author(s) (2021). System Dynamics Modeling for Evaluating Regional Hydrologic and Economic Effects of Irrigation Efficiency Policy. Hydrology. 20 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Modeling as a Tool for Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Prioritization. Water. 16 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Measure more or report faster? Effect of information perception on management of commons. System Dynamics Review. 72-92.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Integrated Policy Solutions for Water Scarcity in Agricultural Communities of the American Southwest. Systems. 19 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2021). A Literature Review of Hybrid System Dynamics and Agent-Based Modeling in a Produced Water Management Context. Modelling. 224-239.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Tragedy of the Commons in Using Groundwater Resources in Agriculture Sector (Case Study: Iran). Journal of Strategic Management Studies. 77-98.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Revisiting the Natural Resource Curse Hypothesis Using Dynamic Simulation. Journal of Economics and Modeling. 55-89.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Simulating a Watershed-Scale Strategy to Mitigate Drought, Flooding, and Sediment Transport in Drylands. Systems. 33 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Does Socioeconomic Feedback Matter for Water Models? Ecological Economics. 35-45.
  • Show author(s) (2019). A Dynamic Hydro-Socio-Technical Policy Analysis of Transboundary Desalination Development. Journal of Environmental Accounting and Management. 87-114.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Utility Perception in System Dynamics Models. Systems. 22 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2018). A Simulation Model of Katouzian's Theory of Arbitrary State and Society. Forum for Social Economics. 115-152.
  • Show author(s) (2011). A System Dynamics Model for Analyzing Iran's Energy-Economy System. Sharif Journal of Industrial Engineering & Management.
Academic lecture
  • Show author(s) (2023). Philosophy, Theory, and Practice of System Dynamics: Challenges and Confusions.
  • Show author(s) (2023). Advancing cross-disciplinary research on transboundary groundwater systems through group model building.
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • Show author(s) (2022). Is Velocity Stock or Flow? A Note on Model Formulation.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Blessing or Burden? Another Look at the Natural Resource Curse. 311-346. In:
    • Show author(s) (2021). Feedback economics : Economic modelling with system dynamics. Springer.
  • Show author(s) (2020). To Share or Not to Share: Effect of Peer-to-Peer Mentoring on Dynamics of Graduate Life. 39-54. In:
    • Show author(s) (2020). Proceedings of the 2018 Conference of the Computational Social Science Society of the Americas. Springer.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Resurrecting a Forgotten Model: Updating Mashayekhi’s Model of Iranian Economic Development. 197-233. In:
    • Show author(s) (2013). Energy Policy Modeling in the 21st Century. Springer.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

  • Fernald A. G., et al. (2022). Expanding Organic Systems To Reduce Water Demand And Increase Agricultural Resilience In The Southwest. Research Project Funded throught USDA NIFA ORG.
  • Fernald, A. G., Langarudi, S. P., Zaslavsky, I., & Kirkpatrick, C. (2021). AccelNet-Design: Designing a Water, Data, and Systems Science Network of Networks to Catalyze Transboundary Groundwater Resiliency Research, Collaboration Project Funded through US National Science Foundation; Accelerating Research through International Network-to-Network Collaborations (AccelNet).
  • Fernald, A. G., Langarudi, S. P., Brause, H., Sabie, R. P., Torell, G., & Shukla, M. (2021). Strategic Fallowing for Sustainable Water and Thriving Agriculture, Research Project Funded through Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research; 2021 Seeding Solutions: Addressing Challenges in Food and Agriculture Funding Opportunity.

Research groups