Professor of Urban Planning at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) of Erasmus University, Rotterdam
I research how technology and society interact, and how politics and policies mediate between the two spheres. To this end, I deploy methods and theories from the complexity sciences, fused with theories from the social sciences. I take a specific interest in contextualized methods such as qualitative comparative analysis, as well as in methods that focus on the network-like structure of complex systems, such as dynamic network analysis. My recent work focuses on fitness landscape models and their use in analyzing collective decision-making processes as evolutionary processes.
Ideas, theories and methods from the complexity science have been adopted in the social sciences, to such an extent that it is justified to speak of a maturing body of knowledge with regard to social complexity. The current project at IAS takes stock of what has been achieved so far and offers an outlook for research directions. This endeavor will require me to look beyond my own discipline and to understand what has been done elsewhere. The complexity map by Brian Castellani will be the starting point; an anthology on social complexity in the shape of a book will be the ultimate goal.