Workshop Program


Social complexity, emergence and institutions 

Second workshop in the ESRC-funded ‘Constructed Complexity’ Series 

13th September 2013 

Manchester Institute of Innovation Research Conference Suite 10th Floor, Harold Hankins Building, University of Manchester 


10.00am Arrivals and coffee

10.30am Welcome and introductions: Dr Ozge Dilaver Kalkan, Dr Kieron Flanagan & Dr Elvira Uyarra

10.45am “Complexity, Structure and Evolution: Trying to model human systems” Prof Peter Allen (Cranfield University)

11.30am Coffee break

11.50am Response to Peter Allen: Prof Stan Metcalfe (University of Manchester)

12.20pm Discussion: Are institutions emergent phenomena?

12.40pm Lunch

2.00pm “Thinking about Policy and Complexity” Prof Robert Geyer (Lancaster University)

2.45pm Respondent to Robert Geyer: Prof Bruce Edmonds (Manchester Metropolitan University)

3.05pm Discussion: Does social science need complexity as a meta-theory?

3.25pm Panel discussion: Is bridging meta-theories possible? Is it desirable? Chair: Prof Frank Geels (University of Manchester)

3.55pm Rounding-up comments from Prof Nigel Gilbert (University of Surrey)

4.10pm Closing remarks and next steps: Dr Ozge Dilaver Kalkan

4.15pm Close and coffee

This small interactive meeting aims to explore the relationships between complexity and institutionalist perspectives in social science (particularly but not only in economics and political science/policy studies), as part of a broader programme of building a bridge between complexity perspectives and other meta-theories in social science. Attendance is free but numbers are restricted. To apply to attend please email:


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