Making science work for development

Development, Science and Complexity: What new scientific thinking means for policy and practice


On 10 February UKCDS hosted a workshop exploring how complexity science might be incorporated into international development. Speakers included Sir John Beddington, Ben Ramalingam and Philip Ball. 

UKCDS has long been interested in the application of complexity science to development, having previously worked on the water, land, energy and health nexus and having worked with Ben to host a complexity workshop in 2011. UKCDS also has a Post-2015 workstream, examining the potential contributions of science to the Sustainable Development Goals.

You can download the speakers' presentation slides here.

Anita Makri from SciDev.Net reviewed the event in her blog: 'Complexity science meets bottom-up development'

Duncan Green from Oxfam wrote a blog summarising the event and the closed forum in: 'How to bridge the Valley of Death that separates complexity/systems thinkers from decision makers?'

Below is full video coverage of the event, scroll through to see Sir John Beddington, Ben Ramalingam, Philip Ball and the Q&A session. The twitter narrative of how the event unfolded is also below.



Professor Sir John Beddington

Ben Ramalingam

Philip Ball

Q&A Session