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Seminar 4: Policy, applications, mixed methods and complexity

Seminar 4. Policy, Mixed Methods and Complexity


Date: Friday 20 February 2015

So far in this ESRC seminar series, we have explored general approaches to complexity across different disciplines (Seminar 1), focused more close on quantitative approaches (Seminar 2), and then on different qualitative approaches (Seminar 3). In this fourth seminar, we continue the conversations that have begun to emerge and focus specifically on Policy planning and applications. If we assume that complex social systems defy prediction, then how do we reconcile complexity with policy planning? In what ways might a complex social systems approach to the social be beneficial to shaping and thinking through policy processes? What problems might crop up? What opportunities does complexity offer to social policy and practice? Full AGENDA here.


PROF. DAVID BYRNE (School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University)
Title: The implications of complexity theory for applied social science

PROF. LASSE GERRITS (Department of Political Science, Otto-Friedrich University of Bamberg, Germany)
Title:  On the (im)possibilities of complexity-informed policies

PROF. ROBERT GEYER (Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, Lancaster University)
Title:Does pragmatism help to make complexity simple?

PROF. PHIL HAYNES (School of Applied Social Science, University of Brighton)
Title: Policy, applications and mixed-methods: dynamics and interactions

MR ADAM LURY (Director of Well Told Story,
Title: Moving from communication to conversation: When you are no longer in charge of the message

PROF. EVE MITLETON-KELLY (Senior Fellow at LSE IDEAS and Founder and Director of Complexity Research Group London, LSE)
Title: The difference a complexity perspective can make to how policy makers address complex challenges