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CECAN Seminar: "Can We Have Our Cake and Eat It Post-Brexit? Effective Regulation Without Redtape?"

CECAN Seminar: "Can we have our cake and eat it post-Brexit? Effective regulation without redtape?"

Wednesday 6th December 2017, 12.45 - 2pm, BEIS, 1 Victoria Street, London

You are warmly invited to participate in a CECAN Seminar with Henry Leveson-Gower, CECAN Research Fellow.

About the Seminar:

New methodological perspectives, from economics and other disciplines, and research into practice are suggesting more effective approaches to regulation that could also avoid escalatory pressures towards red tape. This seems to require us to rethink dichotomies between tough and light touch regulation. Henry Leveson-Gower has looked at the case of the Water Industry – in particular the role and prevalence of trust – through interviews and a survey as part of a research fellowship at CECAN. He will present his results and their potential implications for future regulation.

About Henry Leveson - Gower

CECAN Seminar: "Evaluating Sustainability – Is It Possible? A Case for Focusing on Evaluating Decision-Making for Sustainable Development."

"Evaluating sustainability – is it possible? A case for focusing on evaluating decision-making for sustainable development."


8th November 2017, 12.45 - 2pm, Food Standards Agency (FSA), 125 Kingsway, London, WC2B 6NH 

You are warmly invited to participate in a CECAN Seminar with Dr  Dorothy Lucks, Director of Sustainable Development Facilitation (SDF Global Pty Ltd)

About the Seminar:

The complexity of sustainability is immense, yet many policies and plans now have sustainability as an aim. While it is difficult to empirically  evaluate sustainability outcomes, it is possible to evaluate the process of decision-making to identify if decision-making is becoming more informed and working towards balancing social, economic and environmental priorities. Examples from doctoral research of two case studies, one in Australia, one in the Philippines on decision-making processes.

About Dr Dorothy Lucks:

Dynamic Pattern Synthesis (DPS) : Methods Summer School - 18th September 2017

dynamic pattern synthesis

Dynamic Pattern Synthesis (DPS) : A one day methods summer school

Monday 18th September, 2017

Falmer Campus, University of Brighton, Brighton BN1 9PH.  10.00am to 4.00pm

Cost: £92.00, including lunch

To be led by Prof. Phil Haynes, University of Brighton

For more information contact   

Bursaries Available - Thanks to the generous support of the ESRC CECAN programme and the University of Brighton Research Office, we are now looking to allocate a number of places covered by bursary funding.

Please note that bursaries will cover the cost of attendance, but do not cover travel and subsistence.

CECAN Seminar: "Understanding Health Policy in the Third Era through a Complex Systems Lens"

understanding health policy

CECAN Seminar - 12th September 2017 - Professor David Hunter, Durham University

BEIS, 1 Victoria Street, London 12.45pm - 2pm

"Understanding Health Policy in the Third Era Through a Complex Systems Lens"

Health policy is complex, arguably becoming more so.   What have been termed ‘wicked issues’ are a central feature of health policy where there are often no simple or single solutions, if any at all.  This is especially evident in regard to public health issues including obesity, alcohol and substance misuse, health inequalities.  

But health systems more generally are undergoing major transformation in response to changes in epidemiology, aging populations, lifestyle-related illnesses, multi-morbidities, and so on.  We have entered the third era of thinking about health policy which has introduced new challenges and complexities.

NEKS Ltd Agent Based Modelling Training Course: What is the big deal for policy?

ABM course

Agent Based Modelling Training Course: What is the big deal for policy?

Monday 11th September 2017

Location: The School of Economic Science, 11-13 Mandeville Place, Marylebone, London, W1U 3AJ

Time: 10am - 4pm

Agent Based Modelling (ABM) is a key new technique for exploring complex economic problems.  It can represent complex interactions between agents over time under different scenarios.  It can be used to better understand and mitigate risks and identify and accentuate opportunities for policy.  It is a key tool recommended by people such as Andy Haldane, Chief Economist of the Bank of England​ and Richard Bookstabber, former Securities and Exchange Commission regulator and Treasury department adviser. Current users include government depts and agencies, banks, major retailers and the military amongst others.  This  course would allow you to better understand how ABMs are best used to inform policy and regulatory strategies.  It is given by people who have both built and used ABMs.

Objectives of the course:

CECAN Webinar - Realist Methodology (part 3)

realist methodology

You are warmly invited to participate in the next CECAN Webinar with Justin Jagosh, Ph.D - Realist Methodology (Part 3)

Sept 6th, 2017, 4:00pm – 5:30pm (BST) 

This webinar is 3rd in a series on realist methodology hosted by Dr. Justin Jagosh for the Centre for Complexity across the Nexus (CECAN).

Working with Pawson and Tilley’s realist approach to evaluation brings the idea that the functioning of a programme can be determined from realist programme theories that sketch out its basic architecture. This becomes increasingly evident in the process of theory testing using the context-mechanism-outcome configuration in which we try to understand how resources, when placed in environments trigger responses to produce outcomes. In understanding how programmes work, we may arrive at questions about dosage (e.g., how many times should we expect the resource to be delivered before the desired response will be triggered?) and timelines of impact (e.g., what are reasonable estimations of time delay between the introduction of resources and the triggering of response?).