Making science work for development

Development, Science and Complexity workshop

10 February 2014

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.

Building on this previous and ongoing work, this meeting has the following objectives:

  • To launch a conversation on what complexity science can bring to development sciences research being undertaken in and supported by the UK.
  • To explore how an understanding of complex adaptive systems might inform the UK science community’s input into the post-2015 development agenda.
  • To share knowledge, identify areas of common interest, and shape a future agenda on complex systems research across the UK community on science, technology and innovation for international development.

Videos of each presentation, including the Q&A session, and each presentation's powerpoint slide pack can be found in the resource below.

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 discussion in the closed forum in: 'How to bridge the Valley of Death that separates complexity/systems thinkers from decision makers?'

The event's narrative was also described on twitter and can be found on the event's coverage page, along with all these other resources.

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