Complexity and Network Governance 

Purpose and objectives:

Society faces complex issues that require complex solutions. Scholars are studying the range of public management challenges from many different perspectives, and complexity and network perspectives are two dominant ones in public administration and public management research.

Our SIG was convened in 2019 in response to the increasing number of panels and papers presented at IRSPM conferences addressing the intersection of complexity and network governance. We aim to advance research on complexity and network theory, through scholarly debate and publications including systematic literature reviews, special journal issues, monographs, edited books and thought leadership; developing and supporting research grant applications in relevant areas; and identifying research intersections with other academic and practitioner interest groups within and beyond IRSPM.

Much of the literature on the complexity and network governance remains theoretical, but the theories and models are increasingly useful for practitioners. Our SIG intends to translate research findings into practice by bringing practitioners more fully into the discussion of which tools and models can be most directly applied and how can the application of Complexity/Network-friendly theories be evaluated over time.

Key dialogues, presentations, and outputs:

In our first 2 years of operation, SIG members were active in the following:

Contact us:

   Joris Voets  E Eppel Erik Hans Klijn 

Mary-Lee Rhodes

Dublin, Ireland

Joris Voets

Gent, Belgium

Elizabeth Eppel

Wellington, New Zealand

Erik Hans Klijn

Rotterdam,The Netherlands

Robyn Keast

Gold Coast, Australia