For the last 15 years, Dr Hovmand has been leading research teams in developing system dynamics models and computer simulations with an emphasis on participatory systems modeling in organizations and community settings. He has extensive experience leading/training research teams in the design and facilitation of participatory group model building exercises, as well as building system dynamics computer simulation models with additional experience in comparative modeling building and testing for strong and weak equivalence in individual, agent-based and structural equation statistical models.
The focus of his research is on structural violence, dynamic capabilities of human service delivery systems, and participatory methods for system dynamics computer modeling and simulation. Application areas have covered a wide variety of disciplines and contexts, including both domestic and international, urban and rural, and work involving diverse participants through the use of group model building/community-based system dynamics. Dr Hovmand's work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Through this work over the last 10 years and leadership of the Social System Design Lab, he has developed an international reputation in systems science, specifically in the areas of participatory systems modeling and system dynamics computer modeling and simulation.