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I wanted to draw your attention to a new section -'Politics of Higher Education, Research, and Innovation' at the European Consortium for Political Research Conference, taking place 7-10 September 2016 in Prague, Czech Republic. Specifically those taking a systems to approach to understanding HE, research, and scientific innovation see the CfP below (I am co-organizing). Social network perspectives and methods on this topic are encouraged to submit!



CFP: Applying complex systems theory to higher education and research policy (2016 ECPR)


Describing political and policy phenomena as complex has become commonplace; however, most often the term is used generally without reference to the scientific study of complex systems. Recently several authors have sought to chart out ways by which to apply complexity theory to public policy (Morcol 2012, Room 2011); however, there is still very little being done with these theories and concepts in the areas of higher education and research.


Papers in this panel may take either a qualitative or quantitative approach, but will all rigorously attempt to apply key concepts in complex systems theory (emergence, tipping points, non-linear dynamics, self-organization, fitness landscapes, co-evolution, etc.) to the study of higher education and/or research.


Co-chairs/Co-discussants: Mitchell Young (Charles University in Prague) – [log in to unmask] and Julie Birkholz (University of Ghent) [log in to unmask]">–[log in to unmask]


This panel is proposed for the 2016 ECPR Section (7-10 September 2016, Prague). If you are interested in participating in this panel please send the panel co-chairs a 500 word abstract by January 24th. If you have questions or would like to run ideas past them in advance, please feel free to contact either or both organizers.




Happy New Year!



Julie M. Birkholz

Postdoctoral Researcher

Centre for Higher Education Governance Ghent (CHEGG)

Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium


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