Fjalar’s research interest is societal transitions. His specific niche in transition studies is theory development and computational and mathematical modelling of societal transitions. He is also interested in what one can actually know about processes in such complex social systems, which adds an angle of philosophy to his research.
Fjalar was originally trained as a theoretical physicist at Leiden University, the Netherlands. His thesis work at the Lorentz Institute (the Netherlands) was on non-linear dynamics and pattern formation, which he did under the supervision of Prof. van Saarloos.