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Introducing Adam Hejnowicz - New Postdoc Researcher at University of York

CECAN researcher university of york

Introducing the newest member of the CECAN team based at The University of York - Adam Hejnowicz has joined as a CECAN postdoctoral researcher. He has kindly written a short biography:

My interests span ecology, greography, economics and social science in the context of environmental issues, nature-society relations and the science-policy interface.

Agent Based Modelling Course a Great Success

CECAN ABM Course

Professor Nigel Gilbert, Dr Lynne Hamill and Nicolas Payette delivered an intensive one day workshop in Agent Based Modelling, to a group of economists from UK Government on 3rd August. Delegates were impressed with the content of the course, and the speakers' knowledge and clarity of explanations. All were extremely pleased with the structure of the course and felt the day had been useful to their ongoing work in Government. 

"It was a great introduction and overview to ABM..."

"I very much liked the applied aspect of the training, seeing models explained, the code and meaning, playing around with them and asking questions..."

Nexus Shocks! Recruiting Research Fellow for Nexus Network funded study

Candice Howarth CECAN

Dr Candice Howarth from the University of Surrey has been awarded a Fellowship from the Nexus Network, to continue her work on Nexus Shocks. The Fellowship will explore in greater depth and build on the findings of the Nexus Shocks Network activities funded under a Nexus Network networking grant. The research will explore the extent to which nexus thinking could increase resilience to shocks to the nexus, and the role of social sciences and nexus thinking in informing these processes.

CECAN Seminar: Policy Making Using Modelling in a Complex World

bruce edmonds

How do we use policy modelling in a complex world? Professor Bruce Edmonds explored this challenging question in CECAN's second seminar on 18th July, and the session is summed up here by CECAN's Knowledge Integrator, Dr Candice Howarth:

The very nature of complex systems means that they can be impossible to predict, particularly when they exist in the context of structural changes. As complex systems need to be managed in different ways, so do the models that are used in policy development to assess how to navigate the web of challenges that characterise these systems. A complex system is one that is difficult to model (and at times cannot be modelled) and hence processes that occur outside its defined scope, can overwhelm its results.

CECAN Welcomes New Research Fellow at Cranfield University

Cranfield Research Fellow CECAN

CECAN are pleased to welcome a new Research Fellow to the team, Tabassom Sedighi, who will be based at Cranfield University from the end of July.

Tabassom gained her BSc in Physics and undertook her MSc in Control Engineering (Coventry University, UK). Her primary research interests span in Physics, Control Engineering, mathematical modeling, adaptive controller design, nonlinear observer design, fault detection and isolation, error stability analysis, solving differential equations and Lyapunov equations, data analysis, risk analysis and predicting residual useful life.

She had her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Peter Foote and Prof. Ian Jennions at Cranfield University as part of the No Fault Found (NFF) project sponsored by EPSRC and BAE systems.

CECAN Seminar - Revaluation: Measuring Paradigm Shift

revaluation seminar

23rd June will go down in history as a very difficult day in Westminster - Brexit Day. Nonetheless, Andrew Darnton and Andrew Harrison boldly produced an engaging and thought provoking complexity seminar in Whitehall and we thank them wholeheartedly for a superb event. The seminar topic was 'Revaluation: Measuring Paradigm Shift'. 'Revaluation', a new innovative method for measuring change in complex systems, was presented and discussed. Revaluation comes out of a year's work evaluating 'bottom-up' change within the NHS. It is an approach based on participative methods, in which evaluators and evaluated are equal actors in a system of measurement, designed to reveal the ‘full value’ of the change intervention or movement.  Since its evolution in the ‘messy’ system of the NHS, Revaluation has been applied to the challenge of tackling biodiversity, and to repositioning the public arts. Notes from this seminar are listed below.

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