Workshop: Developing methods to study complex systems

Workshop: Developing methods to study complex systems

UNSW Canberra at ADFA

Northcott Drive, Campbell

Seminar Room 6 (between Buildings 30 and 32)


1.00pm to 4.30pm

Effective research into policy, strategy or practice requires an understanding of the whole -- and often complex -- system under consideration.

Increasing recognition of a need to generate detailed understandings of complex systems is taking place because of an increase in the number of observations of unintended, and potentially, serious and irreversible consequences for the outcomes, agents or structures of sub systems modified without an understanding of the whole system.

This workshop will bring together two international experts on methodologies to discuss how we can improve our understanding of a system by developing new and combining existing methods to ‘look at the whole’. Specific case examples will be used to ensure application and transferability.


Associate Professor Emma Uprich

Dr Emma Uprichard is Reader (associate professor) at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick, UK. Her work is driven by the methodological challenge of studying complex social systems across time and space, specifically in a way that produces useful knowledge for policy and planning purposes.


Dr Harry Rutter

Dr Harry Rutter is a public health physician. He is a senior clinical research fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; senior academic adviser to Public Health England; and an adjunct professor of public health at both University College Cork and the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.