• Integrative Research: a New Teaching and Learning Resource

In recent years there have been growing demands for research skills tuition and guidance on the management of integrative projects.

The COMPLEX team, funded by FP7, responded by producing a short book that provides a mix of practical guidance and theoretical background: The Behavioural Ecology of Project-Based Science: a Plesionic Approach.

This is the first volume in its Human Nature book series published by the Swedish Sigtuna Foundation (Sigtunastiftelsen) who has generously made  the electronic version of the bookavailable free.

Integrative research deals with uncertainties, risks, system-flips, innovations and patterns of interaction between purposeful neighbours in a physical neighbourhood. It involves practitioners from many scientific disciplines who must work with each other and with external stakeholders.


    • Innovation Seminar at Cemus
      Written by Nick Winder
      This video link (http://vimeo.com/63773349) is a slightly shortened version of a presentation on project-funded science and innovation that Nick Winder recently gave to students at CEMUS. Most of the material we cut was spent dealing with technical problems and questions. The uncut material is also available on Vimeo.

 


 

  • Policy Seminar: April 14-15 Sigtuna
    Written by Nick Winder
    This seminar was organized as a follow-up meeting on the debate article in the Swedish NewspaperDagens Nyheter, on Dec 27, 2012, which was written and signed by 19 scientists and scholars, including two COMPLEX members (Hans Liljenström and Ing-Marie Gren). 

    The article and seminar, discussed reasons why politicians do not do more to meet their own goals concerning the environment and climate. Which are the obstacles in the political decision making processes? The problem was analysed and discussed from four main angles: 

    1. How do we clarify the message for the benefit of policy makers? 

    2. If politicians do not dare to take unpopular decisions in risk of losing voters, what do we do then? What is the public opinion? What does democracy demand?

    3. Given the political significance attached to economic growth, how are we to proceed? Which are the alternative economic models, and how can they be implemented? 

    4. Can scientists and experts help politicians handle complex, integrative problems? 

    The participants in the seminar included most of the authors of the DN debate article, together with politicians from different Swedish parties, as well as experts from various Swedish universities, altogether some 25 participants. The COMPLEX team was represented by Nick Winder, Hans Liljenström, Uno Svedin and Ing-Marie Gren as co-sponsors of the meeting with the Sigtuna Foundation. Nick Winder gave a presentation of COMPLEX, and the role of Sweden in the European transition to a low carbon economy - possibilities and political obstacles.