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CECAN Webinar: Participatory Systems Mapping for Policy Evaluation

Online, 31 Mar 2021, 1pm
Pete Barbrook-Johnson & Alex Penn

Wednesday 31st March 2021, 13:00 – 14:00 BST

Presenters: Pete Barbrook-Johnson & Alexandra Penn (CECAN)

Webinar Overview:

In this webinar, Pete and Alex will present their recent paper in Evaluation on the role ‘Participatory Systems Mapping’ can play in policy evaluation. As well as presenting the paper, they will give a sneak-peek of their forthcoming book on causal systems mapping, considering a range of related systems mapping methods and presenting some tentative advice on getting started with these methods themselves.

The Evaluation paper is open access and can be found here.

Presenter Biographies:

Dr Pete Barbrook-Johnson is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for New Economic Thinking and the Smith School for Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford. Pete’s core research interests sit at the crossroads of social science and economics, complexity science, and environmental and energy policy. He uses a range of methods in his research including agent-based modelling, network analysis, and systems mapping. He regularly uses these, and other methods, to explore applied social, economic, and policy questions, and to support complexity-appropriate policy evaluation, but is equally interested in more theoretical aspects of complex adaptive systems. Pete is also a member of the Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus (CECAN), a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Research in Social Simulation (CRESS) and Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey, and a Research Associate at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. Pete is on twitter @bapeterj and his personal website is https://www.barbrookjohnson.com/

Dr. Alexandra Penn is a complexity scientist working on combining participatory methodologies and mathematical models to create tools for stakeholders to understand and “steer” their complex human ecosystems. As a senior research fellow at the University of Surrey she has developed participatory complexity science methodologies for decision makers to explore interdependencies between social, ecological, economic and political factors. She is a principal member of CECAN. Alex has an academic background in physics and evolutionary ecology, training at Sussex University and as a junior fellow at the Collegium Budapest Institute for Advanced Study, followed by a Life Sciences Interface fellowship in the Science and Engineering of Natural Systems Group, University of Southampton. She was made a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts for her work in novel application of whole-systems design to bacterial communities and is a member of the board of directors and Chair for Societal Impact of the International Society for Artificial Life. Alex tweets @DrAlexPenn

How to Join:

This talk will take place via a Zoom Webinar – please click here to register for a place.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. In case you are unable to attend, a recording of the webinar will be uploaded to our website following the event.

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