Call for Attendance



Third Workshop of the Series:

Research methods for investigating complexity of social construction

12 June 2014

University of Surrey

Call for Attendance

In this workshop, we are aiming to reflect the state-of-the-art in modelling social complexity with a thematic focus on institutions.

Previous Constructed Complexities workshops covered three types of institutions: institutions as organisations, rules and norms and shared habits of thought. Models of institutions in the existing literature mainly focused on common-pool resources and generally took institutions as rules. At the same time, due to conceptual connections between the second and third types of institutions, some of these models referred also to institutions as shared habits of thought. There are also models of concepts that are at the core of institutions, but they are envisaged and conceptualised differently in their home domains. One can easily link, as has been done, the emergence of institutions (as rules) to belief systems, and the emergence of belief systems to coherence and dissonance as well as to opinion dynamics and diffusion.

In this workshop, we are aiming to have examples of studies that take (i) institutions as rules and follow Ostrom’s work to address common-pool resource problems. We also want to address (ii) institutions as shared habits of thought and (iii) other concepts of social complexity that are relevant or somehow similar to institutions. The overall aim will be demonstrating different ways of approaching, theorising and modelling construction of complex social realities.

Speakers and discussants of the workshop will include (in alphabetical order of first names, deviating from related institutions): Amineh Ghorbani, Andy Stirling, Bruce Edmonds, Ozge Dilaver, Rob Axtell, Tina Balke and Vessela Daskalova.

We invite those interested in attending and participating in the discussion to send a short biographical note and a brief explanation of their interest in the theme of the workshop and motivation to contribute (a short paragraph, up to 300-400 words). Attendance will be free of charge including lunch and refreshments, but we wish to limit the number of participants to maximise the chances of productive interaction so registration via this application process will be essential. Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. We particularly encourage applications from early-career researchers, for whom some travel support may be available (please indicate if you wish to be considered for support).

To make an application to attend, please contact:

If you are unable to attend the workshop, but would like to participate in the debate, you can contribute to this project blog.



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