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Assistant professor at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Dr. Amineh Ghorbani, obtained her PhD at TU Delft in 2013. Originally from Iran, her research combines institutional economics with modelling and simulation to study community initiatives combatting climate change.

She hopes to apply the findings to sustainable projects in her own neighbourhood in Delft.

1.Is there a social aspect to every technical problem?
Yes

2. Can ‘soft things’ like policies, laws and shared strategies really be captured in computer simulations?
Yes

3. Are girls better coders than boys?
No

4. Are academics from different universities collaborating effectively?
No

Which question would you like to elaborate on?"Number four. I consider research collaboration a fundamental pillar of science. From the start of my PhD I engaged in different research collaborations and regard this as a success factor. However, much collaboration is currently passive. Academic networking is largely strategic aiming to improve public image, increase impact or obtain research grants. A breakthrough to more active collaboration will occur when researchers see the benefits of scientific connections and seek to extend those scientific values. I am in contact with both the Iranian Ministry of Environment and the Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) in the Netherlands. I hope in the near future to provide both with valuable insights."