Synthetic population video
Thursday, March 25th, 2021

SIPHER – Synthetic population

Our workstrand 3 has published an animated explainer video, which describes how we have created our synthetic population in SIPHER, and how we will use it to understand how proposed policy changes might affect people in different ways.

Tuesday, March 16th, 2021

Systems Science in Public Health Podcast Ep 2: Petra Meier in conversation with Brian Castellani

In this episode, Petra speaks to Brian Castellani who is a Professor of Sociology at Durham University. Brian is also a co-investigator of the Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus (CECAN). His research focuses on advancing the tools of social complexity theory and computational social science for the study of public health questions.

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021

New ‘Systems Science in Public Health’ podcast series launched

Today we’re delighted to launch our new podcast series, titled Systems Science in Public Health. Over the coming months, our host Petra Meier will be catching up with scientists, thinkers, policymakers and practitioners who work in this space.

Our first episode features Professor Jo-An Occhipinti who is Head of the Systems Modelling, Simulation and Data Science at the Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney, Australia. She is also the Managing Director of C-SART which is an international alliance of centres of excellence in systems modelling to inform health and social policy.

The series is a joint venture between the SIPHER Consortium and the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit.

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

Evaluation of public health interventions from a complex systems perspective: a research methods review

Petra Meier has co-authored a new paper with colleagues from the School for Public Health Research. Published in Social Science and Medicine last week, the paper examines methods for complex systems evaluations in public health. The authors also propose a framework for complex systems methods in different stages of evaluation.

You can read the full paper here.

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

A Cybernetic Participatory Approach for Complex Policy Systems Design

Mo Hassannezhad is at the 4th International Meeting on Health Systems Design Research, hosted by Delft University of Technology, to talk about research on cybernetic participatory approaches for complex policy systems design today.

This is the approach we have been using for our participatory systems mapping in SIPHER, as we seek to map out inclusive economy systems in Sheffield, Greater Manchester and in Scotland (where we are working with Clackmannanshire Council). It is fully digital, which means that we can bring together a wide range of stakeholders to build and review the system map as it is being developed in real time using an online mapping platform.

Find out more in our this blog.