Complexity and the Social Sciences

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Formas - The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning

Project Details

Start date: 01/04/2007
End date: 02/10/2007


Complexity theory has gained a wide interest from the international global environmental change community as well as diverse fields such as biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, economy, and archaeology. A crucial and common assumption is that the world can be analyzed as systems that are complex and adaptive, and characterized by historical dependency, nonlinear dynamics, threshold effects, and limited predictability. Despite current advances, little research has been undertaken on complexity in social systems. The following workshop intends to explore some of the generic characteristics of complex adaptive systems and discuss how they relate to social systems, and whether complexity theory can provide the analytical tools necessary to study interconnected social-ecological systems. Main Themes - Threshold behaviour in social systems - Cross-scale interactions and surprises in social-ecological systems - Emergent properties in social systems Confirmed Lecturers: Prof. Stephen Lansing, Santa Fe Institute (U.S.) Prof. Bo Rothstein, Department of Political Science, Göteborg University Prof. Lars-Erik Cederman, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich Dr. Fredrik Liljeros, Department of Sociology, Stockholm University.

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