Complexity, Technology and Governance

Complexity, Technology and Governance

It is becoming increasingly clear that environmental, technological and socio-economic changes in the last decades seriously challenges the problem-solving capacities of norms, institutions and legal systems all over the world. Part of this stems from the fact that the world has become increasingly dominated by the dynamics created by the behavior of complex systems: emergence, connectivity, surprise, non-linear changes and poorly understood feedbacks across multiple domains. 
 
The new Beijer program “Governing Complexity” is a long-term commitment to advance inter- and transdisciplinary insights in this intellectual space. The Beijer institute has a long tradition in exploring cutting-edge questions of very high societal relevance, with the most brilliant minds in academia. Our ambition is – as the title denotes – to not only build on robust insights from the legacy of existing research, but also help shape the next frontier. 
 
Even though our emphasis is on the biosphere and its interactions with society, our ambition is to continue to integrate and identify cross-fertilization opportunities with scholars from other fields such as finance, law, economics, political economy, computer sciences, risk studies, and others. As in all our previous programs, we strive to combine important theoretical insights, with novel and grounded empirical research.
 
Programme director: Victor Galaz