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CECAN Associate: Phil Haynes

Philip Haynes is Professor of Public Policy at the University of Brighton. His research focuses on the application of complex systems theory to policy and practice, often using applied statistical methods. His research has been funded by the ESRC, government and voluntary sector organisations. He is author of several books that apply complexity theory to understanding contemporary social issues, including: Social Synthesis: Finding Dynamic Patterns in Complex Social Systems (2017), Managing Complexity in the Public Services (2nd Ed, 2015) and Public Policy Beyond the Financial Crisis (2012). He has also published in a wide variety of journals including Social Policy and Administration and Public Management Review. He has taught quantitative research methods and public policy for over 25 years. His first degree was in combined social sciences and social work. He then completed an MSc in Advanced Social Research Methods with the Open University-  while working as a probation officer and drug and alcohol misuse specialist. An interest in research took him to a post at the University of Brighton in 1991, where he subsequently completed a PhD in complexity theory and policy planning. He served as Head of the School of Applied Social Science at Brighton between 2007 and 2015.

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