Centre for Policy Modelling News

News from the Centre for Policy Modelling, including announcements of: new papers, special issues, books, workshops, projects, jobs and study opportunities.

11 September, 2014

Workshop on Modelling Routines 25th Nov 2014, Manchester

Guest speaker will be Professor Alan Warde, of the University of Manchester's Sustainable Consumption Institute.

Venue: the Manchester Metropolitan University Business School.
MMUBS Building 

More details (when we know them) at: http://modellingroutines.wordpress.com

01 April, 2014

Workshop on "Complexity in real world practices: reshaping the relationships" @ ECCS 2014

A Workshop we are Co-organising:

Complexity in real world practices: reshaping the relationships
ECCS 2014, 22-26 September, Lucca, Italy. Satellite Meeting to the main Conference.
Since the ECCS foundation in 2004, a number of meetings have been organized at the ECCS conferences dealing with how Complexity Science might inform about and provide leverage within socioeconomic contexts and policy oriented practices. This meeting is meant to keep alive that discussion and help bring together an inter-disciplinary community who, since the first event, has progressively attracted people from different domains. Thus this workshop provides a direct “interface” to the policy world for the more academic research elsewhere at ECCS, facilitating a dialogue between the policy world and the ECCS community.
In addition, over the last few years several initiatives in universities and EU projects have explored these issues with the spread of the complexity oriented literature into many disciplinary fields.
While the merits of complexity studies are praised on a methodological grounds, their impact on real-world organizations is still limited. The reasons are manifold and may be attributed to the difficulties that private and public organizations have in understanding the impact of this paradigm which, besides dismantling the old one, encroaches on the possibility created by the dramatic progress in ICT and in computational power.
The questions raised in today’s application of complexity approaches tend to polarize around two main themes:
  1. A conceptual one: designing lines of enquire to address substantial issues for the future of organizations, such as those concerning goals definition, cooperative behaviour and agents engagement on a collective basis (e.g. learning to learn in order to cooperate and build more resilient organizations);
  2. An operational one: developing new techniques for data gathering, information processing and visualization, to manage the increasingly large data source made available by ICT devices.
These questions are also crucial to those involved in policy activities, as they underpin the emerging requirements for open government. However, the opportunity to better articulate the relationships between the above themes is however crucial and the meeting will provide ground for their discussion.
The webpage for this workshop will be linked to: http://www.eccs14.eu/

28 February, 2014

New Introduction to ABM course, 8th & 9th July 2014 #cfpm

This is offered as part of the University of Manchester‘s “Methods@ManchesterSummer School

The course website with materials and structure etc. is at: http://cfpm.org/simulationcourse/

For more information about the Summer School as a whole or to register for the course go to:

The CPM now a MC member of new COST network on "Peer Review" #cfpm

PEERE-New Frontiers of Peer Review (COST Action TD 1306) (2014/2018)

We are one of the UK representatives.

Peer review is a cornerstone of science, whose quality and efficiency depends on a complex, large-scale collaboration process, which is sensitive to motivations, incentives and institutional contexts. Recent proofs of the failures of peer review, due to judgment bias and parochialism and cases of misconduct, have contributed to calls for a reconsideration of the rigour and quality of the process. This Action aims to improve efficiency, transparency and accountability of peer review through a trans-disciplinary, cross-sectorial collaboration. The objectives of this Action are: (i) to analyse peer review in different scientific areas by integrating quantitative and qualitative research and incorporating recent experimental and computational findings; (ii) to evaluate implications of different models of peer review and to explore new incentive structures, rules and measures to improve collaboration in all stages of the peer review process; (iii) to involve science stakeholders in data sharing and testing initiatives, (iv) to define collaboratively a joint research agenda that points to an evidence-based peer review reform. Not only can a better peer review system improve the self- regulation processes of science to benefit all science stakeholders, it can also increase the social recognition and credibility of science in Europe.

Coordinated by Flaminio Squazzoni

13 February, 2014

Conference - Models for Real World Policy, London 25th April 2014

Conference – Models for Real World Policy

Date: 25th April 2014 – 9.30-17.30 with drinks reception
Venue: Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG spades
A one day conference for policy professionals to consider how the policy making processes can benefit from new tools and thinking emerging from study of complex social systems involved in real world global challenges.
The event is convened by the four Complexity Science in the Real World projects featured on this website.  There will be an opportunity to hear from senior policy figures making use of modelling in their work.
As the projects enter their final phase, this is an opportunity for interaction between academia and policy, building on local, national and international stakeholder engagement that has taken place since the projects started in 2010, to steer the outputs towards real world influence.
The research combines social science with cutting edge science in Maths, Computing, Engineering and Physics to develop models and simulations using an advanced set of techniques.  Applications include
  • care for an ageing population
  • immigration and diversity
  • sustainability
  • energy
  • trade
  • security
  • crime
  • international aid
  • employment and voting
Integration between these themes will be considered at global and local scales.

Speakers: These will include Prof Bernard Silverman, Chief Scientific Advisor, Home Office and Alec Waterhouse, Head of Modelling Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) together with all four project leads, Prof Nigel Gilbert, Sir Alan Wilson, Prof Jane Falkingham and Prof Ed Fieldhouse.

Policy speaker bios
Academic speaker bios

There will also be discussion groups and poster sessions.

Programme: can be viewed here.
Audience: The event will be of interest to senior professionals involved in researching, analysing, drafting and evaluating policies and advising government.  They may be working in Government Departments and Bodies, Civil Service, Think Tanks, NGOs, Charities and other intermediaries.  It will be especially relevant to those with a cross-cutting remit helping translate new thinking.  Potential stakeholders previously unfamiliar with the projects are especially welcome.
Registration: The event is funded by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council and is free to attend.  Lunch and refreshments provided.

To book a place please register online and complete the registration questionnaire

You must register even if you are speaking or running the event so we can gauge the attendees, catering requirements and perform an evaluation.  Please let us know as soon as possible if you want to cancel your place or send a substitute, correct delegate packs and catering provisions cannot be guaranteed less than five working before the event.