In 2012 Jody Aked went to the Philippines to study collective action on the environment, inspired by complex systems accounts of behaviour and social change. Some years later (!) she’s able to share what she learned about using complexity in development.
Drawing on examples from her participatory study, she will give practical ideas about how to use complexity in design, execution and analysis of social change, while keeping rigour and risk in check. She will try and show something of the richness of what she was able to do and see with a complexity approach, and where reverting to a traditional social science paradigm would have come up short.
Jody Aked is a PhD Student with the IDS Participation Research Cluster. She also works as an independent consultant and is the Director of Friday.
This seminar is part of a series that aims to share cutting edge thinking and research being done at IDS and the University of Sussex around how we practically capture and account for complexity across a variety of sustainable development contexts.