The Complexity Science for the Real World Network

Lead Research Organisation: University of Surrey
Department Name: Sociology

Abstract

The Complexity Science for the Real World Network will synthesise the knowledge gained from the four existing EPSRC projects (ENFOLD-ing, ERIE, SCID and The Care life Cycle) that have been funded under the Complexity Science for the Real World theme and disseminate it to those involved in the creation of public policy, as well as to the wider public. It will also provide channels for knowledge exchange between these audiences and the four projects.

A second objective of the Network is to enhance the communication between the four projects, providing a forum for the discussion of common tools, techniques and issues. The Network will also offer workshops and other help to the 20 doctoral students associated with the projects.

Planned Impact

All the four Complexity Science for the Real World projects are committed to generating a greater understanding of 'real world' policy issues. The Network will help the projects disseminate their work to potential users and beneficiaries. Outside academia, those impacted will be:

1. Those concerned with the development and evaluation of policy (e.g. regional development, social care, globalisation, and immigration, to name just some of the main topics that are the focus of the four projects). These users may include:

- policy staff in central government
- researchers in policy institutes
- researchers and policy advisers in charities, pressure groups and NGOs
- the media.

2. The wider public, either directly or through one of the intermediaries listed under (1). In so far as policy changes will have effects in the market, there may also be impacts on business (e.g. if policy changes affect providers of social care).

As explained in the section on Pathways to Impact, the direct impact of the Network will be to magnify the impacts achievable by the individual projects. It is to be expected that these direct impacts will be achieved within the life of the Network project.

Publications


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Gilbert N (2014) Complexity at the social science interface in Complexity
 
Description The network, especially its final conference, raised the profile of complexity science within government, and in particular among policy analysts and computational modellers in DECC and DEFRA.
First Year Of Impact 2014
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Government, Democracy and Justice
Impact Types Economic,Policy & public services
 
Description Annual Network Meeting 2011 
Organisation Manchester Metropolitan University
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Annual meeting across four projects funded under the 'Complexity Science in the Real World' initiative. Held in June 2011, included all principal investigators, Surrey, Southampton, UCL and Manchester. Project updates given and workshops held to identify and discuss common themes, including stakeholders and impact.
Collaborator Contribution Regular meetings and dissemination of outputs
Impact CSRW policy conference 2014 - see website link
Start Year 2011
 
Description Annual Network Meeting 2011 
Organisation University College London (UCL)
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Annual meeting across four projects funded under the 'Complexity Science in the Real World' initiative. Held in June 2011, included all principal investigators, Surrey, Southampton, UCL and Manchester. Project updates given and workshops held to identify and discuss common themes, including stakeholders and impact.
Collaborator Contribution Regular meetings and dissemination of outputs
Impact CSRW policy conference 2014 - see website link
Start Year 2011
 
Description Annual Network Meeting 2011 
Organisation University of Manchester
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Annual meeting across four projects funded under the 'Complexity Science in the Real World' initiative. Held in June 2011, included all principal investigators, Surrey, Southampton, UCL and Manchester. Project updates given and workshops held to identify and discuss common themes, including stakeholders and impact.
Collaborator Contribution Regular meetings and dissemination of outputs
Impact CSRW policy conference 2014 - see website link
Start Year 2011
 
Description Annual Network Meeting 2011 
Organisation University of Southampton
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Annual meeting across four projects funded under the 'Complexity Science in the Real World' initiative. Held in June 2011, included all principal investigators, Surrey, Southampton, UCL and Manchester. Project updates given and workshops held to identify and discuss common themes, including stakeholders and impact.
Collaborator Contribution Regular meetings and dissemination of outputs
Impact CSRW policy conference 2014 - see website link
Start Year 2011
 
Description Annual Network Meeting 2012 
Organisation Manchester Metropolitan University
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Annual meeting across four projects funded under the 'Complexity Science in the Real World' initiative.
Collaborator Contribution Meetings and dissemination
Impact CSRW policy conference
Start Year 2011
 
Description Annual Network Meeting 2012 
Organisation University College London (UCL)
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Annual meeting across four projects funded under the 'Complexity Science in the Real World' initiative.
Collaborator Contribution Meetings and dissemination
Impact CSRW policy conference
Start Year 2011
 
Description Annual Network Meeting 2012 
Organisation University of Manchester
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Annual meeting across four projects funded under the 'Complexity Science in the Real World' initiative.
Collaborator Contribution Meetings and dissemination
Impact CSRW policy conference
Start Year 2011
 
Description Annual Network Meeting 2012 
Organisation University of Southampton
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Annual meeting across four projects funded under the 'Complexity Science in the Real World' initiative.
Collaborator Contribution Meetings and dissemination
Impact CSRW policy conference
Start Year 2011
 
Description Annual Network Meeting 2013 
Organisation Manchester Metropolitan University
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Annual meeting across four projects funded under the 'Complexity Science in the Real World' initiative.
Collaborator Contribution Regular meetings and dissemination
Impact CSRW policy conference
Start Year 2011
 
Description Annual Network Meeting 2013 
Organisation University College London (UCL)
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Annual meeting across four projects funded under the 'Complexity Science in the Real World' initiative.
Collaborator Contribution Regular meetings and dissemination
Impact CSRW policy conference
Start Year 2011
 
Description Annual Network Meeting 2013 
Organisation University of Manchester
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Annual meeting across four projects funded under the 'Complexity Science in the Real World' initiative.
Collaborator Contribution Regular meetings and dissemination
Impact CSRW policy conference
Start Year 2011
 
Description Annual Network Meeting 2013 
Organisation University of Southampton
Country United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (UK) 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Annual meeting across four projects funded under the 'Complexity Science in the Real World' initiative.
Collaborator Contribution Regular meetings and dissemination
Impact CSRW policy conference
Start Year 2011
 
Description Complexity Science for the Real World annual conference 2010 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation keynote/invited speaker
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The whole team wwere in attendance and utilised the event to promote ERIE among academics and to engage in discussion surrounding key themes and to develop the CSRW network.



Successful engagement resulting in the successful submission of an EPSRC grant
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Newsletter - including Impact case studies 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/parliamentarians
Results and Impact 3 issues of printed newsletter produced, following monthly electronic updates. This was disseminated across projects and aimed at an audience of across project members (multi-discipline academics) and project stakeholders from a range of sectors. Most writing and photographs by Alison Cooper.

Increased knowledge about the project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011,2012,2013,2014
 
Description Website 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Website structure and content redeveloped and launched, to include news pages - Feb 2013 - updates ongoing www.csrw.ac.uk. Most photos and writing by Alison Cooper.

Wider knowledge of the project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011,2012,2013,2014