Complexity in Social Science

This interdisciplinary series encourages social scientists to embrace a complex systems approach to studying the social world. A complexity approach to the social world has expanded across the disciplines since its emergence in the mid-to-late 1990s, and this can only continue as disciplines continue to change, data continue to diversify, and governance and responses to global social issues continue to challenge all involved. Covering a broad range of topics from big data and time, globalization and health, cities and inequality, and methodological applications, to more theoretical or philosophical approaches, this series responds to these challenges of complexity in the social sciences – with an emphasis on critical dialogue around, and application of these ideas in, a variety of social arenas as well as social policy.

The series will publish research monographs and edited collections between 60,000–90,000 words that include a range of philosophical, methodological and disciplinary approaches, which enrich and develop the field of social complexity and push it forward in new directions.

David Byrne is Emeritus Professor at the School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University, UK.

Brian Castellani is Professor in Sociology and Head of the Complexity in Health and Infrastructure Group, Kent State University, USA. He is also Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, Northeastern Ohio Medical University.

Emma Uprichard is Reader at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick, UK. She is also director of the Nuffield, ESRC, HEFCE funded Warwick Q-Step Centre aimed at promoting quantitative methods across the social sciences.

  • Sociology and Human Ecology: Complexity and Post-Humanist Perspectives book cover

    Sociology and Human Ecology

    Complexity and Post-Humanist Perspectives

    By John A Smith, Chris Jenks

    Traditionally, Sociology has identified its subject matter as a distinct set – social phenomena – that can be taken as quite different and largely disconnected from potentially relevant disciplines such as Psychology, Economics or Planetary Ecology. Within Sociology and Human Ecology, Smith and…

    Hardback – 2017-10-26 
    Routledge
    Complexity in Social Science

  • Social Synthesis: Finding Dynamic Patterns in Complex Social Systems book cover

    Social Synthesis

    Finding Dynamic Patterns in Complex Social Systems

    By Philip Haynes

    How is it possible to understand society and the problems it faces? What sense can be made of the behaviour of markets and government interventions? How can citizens understand the course that their lives take and the opportunities available to them? There has been much debate surrounding what…

    Hardback – 2017-08-28 
    Routledge
    Complexity in Social Science

  • Agile Actors on Complex Terrains: Transformative Realism and Public Policy book cover

    Agile Actors on Complex Terrains

    Transformative Realism and Public Policy

    By Graham Room

    This book assesses the value and relevance of the literature on complex systems to policy-making, contributing to both social theory and policy analysis. For this purpose it develops two key ideas: agile action and transformative realism. The book takes some major themes from complexity science,…

    Paperback – 2017-06-07
    Routledge
    Complexity in Social Science