12 April 2024

Professor Markus Luczak-Roesch and Associate Professor Anna Matheson invite submissions for the edited book ‘Doing complex systems research: Deliberately designing research to engage across disciplines and create impact’.

How can complex systems research make a difference? What does a complex systems methodology look like? How can complex systems research be undertaken with intent and openness for diverse disciplinary perspectives?

We are delighted to invite proposals for chapters for an edited book that will provide a comprehensive and practical introduction to complex systems research. The book will explore how researchers from different disciplines can collaborate effectively and creatively to uncover and address complex problems in various domains.

Complex systems research is a rapidly growing field that aims to understand and manage emergent phenomena that arise from the interactions of multiple components within and across scales within implications for disciplines, such as ecology, sociology, computer science, engineering, and mathematics. Complex systems research poses significant challenges and opportunities to researchers, as it requires them to integrate and synthesise knowledge from different disciplines, methodologies, and paradigms.

This book will illustrate how researchers are addressing these challenges and taking up opportunities in working across disciplinary boundaries. to address complex problems.This book will build a conceptual framework that helps explain why complex systems research is a naturally interdisciplinary endeavour, and what is emerging as key principles and practices that can guide how research is carried out.

We are inviting researchers to author the core chapters of this edited book through documenting their own case studies of complex systems research. Each case study should illustrate the complex issue being explored and how researchers have collaborated to design and implement their inquiry, what challenges they faced, and what outcomes they achieved. We are specifically interested in authors to cover:

  • What the research is/was about
  • How the work engages complex systems
  • Disciplines involved
  • Methods used
  • What impact the research will have or has had
  • How the research engages with interested or impacted social sectors, populations and communities
  • What are the main challenges faced in carrying out the research
  • What would be needed for the research to have greater impact
  • Reflections on lessons for complex systems research.

Tentative development timeline for the book

  • Notifications of acceptance: Thursday 30 May 2024
  • Author workshop on Zoom: Friday 14 June 2024
  • First draft of chapters: Monday 30 September 2024
  • Possible in-person writing workshop: Friday 25 October 2024
  • Chapter manuscript for final review by the editors: Sunday 15 December 2024
  • Completed book manuscript to be submitted to the publisher: June 2025

Abstract submission details

Submission deadline: Wednesday 15 May 2024

Submission format: 300-word abstract as a PDF document submitted to markus.luczak-roesch@vuw.ac.nz and anna.matheson@vuw.ac.nz.

If you have any questions, please contact markus.luczak-roesch@vuw.ac.nz or anna.matheson@vuw.ac.nz.