Workshop 4

Socially constructed complexities, institutions and power

In the fourth workshop of the series, we will spend time on exploring complexity in-depth, finding our way around different strands of institutionalism, try to position agency in and around institutions and discuss what they all mean for understanding power in socially constructed complexity.

The workshop speakers include Mike Agar (Maryland), Tony Lawson (Cambridge), Mark Olssen (Surrey), Frances Cleaver (King’s College), Stephen Farrall (Sheffield), Gerhard Schnyder (King’s College), Andrew Cumbers (Glasgow) Frank Schiller (Surrey) and Jakob Rozema (East Anglia). While trying to understand different ways of approaching emergence, self-organisation, agency, institutions and power, we will also touch upon a broad range of complex and theoretically interesting issues such as common resource management and climate change, political ideas and agency, spatial organisation of polities and social and political construction of criminal justice policies.

If you want to join us in the workshop on 26-27 November 2014 at Barnett Hill, Guildford, write a short email to Ozge Dilaver ( or Amy Woodward ( explaining your research interests and how you can benefit from the workshop. The workshop is free of charge and there are (limited) travel support you can apply for. There are limited places in the workshop and they will be allocated on first come first served basis among scholars with relevant research interests. Early career researchers will be prioritised for travel support.


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