PhD & early carreer researchers call

ESRC Strategic Network

Data and Cities as Complex Adaptive Systems (DACAS)

Workshop 01 – Cities as Complex Systems

EVENT DATE: 01 to 03 February 2016

LOCATION: Manchester, UK

APPLICATION DATE: 08 January 2016

This is an invitation to PhD students and Early Career Researchers (ECRs)to participate in the first of four international workshops on Data and Cities as Complex Adaptive Systems (DACAS).


Bursaries are available to contribute to the travel and accommodation costs of selected PhD students and ECRs.

Please see the attached application form for details.


Despite increasing attention on the application of new information flows to the design and development of ‘smart’ cities, there is still limited understanding of the interconnections in urban areas between ‘hard’ infrastructure and economic, ecological and social systems.Data and Cities as Complex Adaptive Systems (DACAS) seeks to promote a more holistic approach through the integration of a wide range of data sources. By bringing together an international group of researchers from a range of different fields, the project will support the development of an innovative and cross-disciplinary set of tools to gather and interpret emerging data sources. These outputs will be supported by capacity development and dissemination activities, including a number of public events and multi-stakeholder workshops. The findings will benefit policy-makers, academics and other actors seeking to develop evidence-based responses to urban issues using open data sources.


Manchester Metropolitan University/University of Manchester/Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Meeting 01 Aims

This event will bring together DACAS members and 20 representatives from UK partner organisations and other non-academic user groups. Roundtables and workshops will enable the identification of user needs and the co-creation of DACAS research agenda elements.

  1. User Needs: Key stakeholders to identify short and long-term needs for urban data and systems.
  2. Data Difficulties: Key stakeholders and academic partners to identify the possibilities, limitations and problems with use of urban data to transform cities.
  3. Complex Networks: Key stakeholders and academic partners to identify ‘complex’ urban systems that would benefit from a relational understanding of ‘hard’ infrastructure and economic, ecological and/or social systems.
  4. Future Urban Systems: Key stakeholders and academic partners to identify ‘complex’ urban systems for future modelling and application development.

DACAS Network Partners:

Deljana Iossifova, University of Manchester

Ulysses Sengupta, Manchester Metropolitan University

Robert Hyde, Manchester Metropolitan University

Panagiotis Angeloudis, Imperial College London

Murilo da Silva Baptista, University of Aberdeen

Shidan Cheng, Wuhan University

Christopher Doll, United Nations University

Alexandros Gasparatos, University of Tokyo

Daniel Graham, Imperial College London

Roberto Andre Kraenkel, Sao Paulo State University

Jun Luo, Wuhan University

Nir Oren, University of Aberdeen

DACAS Non-academic Partners:

Association of Greater Manchester Authorities

Future Cities Catapult

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

Invited Keynote Speakers

Professor Peter Allen – Founder of the Cranfield Complex Systems Research Centre. Peter’s research has demonstrated the relevance of complex systems modelling for many domains: ecology and ecological modelling; natural resource management; urban and regional systems; economic markets and the strategies of firms; for organizational structures as well as distribution and supply chains and networks. This work is continuing as there is now more understanding and demand for bottom-up, learning models for decision support of many kinds. Peter is Editor in Chief of the journal Emergence: Complexity and Organization

Michael Weinstock – Architect, Director of Research and Development, and Director of the Emergent Technologies and Design programme in the Graduate School of the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London.


Announcements | January 3, 2016 10:57 pm