Tag: Complexity Sciences

PhD Thesis Online Available: Once The Shovel Hits The Ground

On the 10th of September 2015 at 13:30h, I will publicly defend my PhD-thesis at Erasmus University Rotterdam [download invitation]. The thesis can be freely downloaded from my website [or download summary or the short summary], from the Erasmus University Rotterdam’s institutional repository, or from my ResearchGate profile. The thesis was supervised by Prof. Dr. Ing. Geert R …

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Beyond The ‘Government-Versus-The-Market’ Debate: How The Complexity Sciences Should Inform Policy Making

Polarized policy discussions are, argue Colander and Kupers in Complexity and the Art of Public Policy, a hugely unhelpful policy compass for solving today’s problems. In their book, they argue that the polarized discussion should be replaced by “policy that follows from taking a complexity frame”, which they call laissez-faire activism. In laissez-faire activism, the government’s …

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Institutional Interventions In Complex Urban Systems: Coping With Boundary Issues In Urban Planning Projects

Urban planning projects are planned and organized through arrangements between actors. These arrangements are institutional interventions: they intervene in the institutional landscape as existing organizational boundaries are (temporarily) redrawn. Such boundary decisions are intended to simplify complexity. However, these boundary decisions also produce new complexities as new boundary issues arise. Our contribution investigates these boundary …

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Critical Realism As A Meta-Framework For Understanding The Relationships Between Complexity And Qualitative Comparative Analysis

Many methods are used in research on complexity. One of these is QCA. Although many authors allude to the relationships between complexity and QCA, these links are rarely made explicit. We propose that one way of doing so is by using critical realism as a meta-framework. This article discusses the viability of this approach by …

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Understanding And Researching Complexity With Qualitative Comparative Analysis: Evaluating Transportation Infrastructure Projects

In the article we propose a complexity-informed framework for evaluating transportation infrastructure projects. The article does this through four steps. First, the properties of infrastructure development projects are discussed. This leads to the conclusion that the specific locality or contextualization of a given project is important for explaining the outcome. Hence, there is a need for an ontology and …

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