I'm interested in applying tools from the economic field, which is a field of study known for its abstract modelling of the outside world, to complex systems. By abstracting it is possible to focus on a limited amount of variables influencing the explananda. To look at particular entities of the complex system several abstractions are possible and hence related economic tools applicable. Several economic tools to look at entities (in a complex system) exist; e.g. punctuated equilibrium, path-dependency / lock-in, complex adaptive systems, co-evolution and self-evolution. Is the economic discourse applicable to such particular environments, and if so, what insights are created by applying it?
I have presented a paper at the Lof der Verwarring conference (May 19, 2005), together with Lasse Gerrits in order to see how the concepts of path-dependency, lock-in and increasing returns can be applied to the geometry of a particular river system, i.e. the Westerschelde. This paper is rewritten and published in Land Use Policy.
Together with many member of a research group at the Erasmus University Rotterdam we have written a book on evolutionary public administration called Managing Complex Governance Systems, edited by Geert Teisman, Arwin van Buuren en Lasse Gerrits, published by Routledge, ISBN: 978-0-415-45973-0. Together with Lasse Gerrits and Arwin van Buuren I have contributed two chapters and a substantial part of the introductory chapter.
This research has also resulted in a paper for the 3rd International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis in Essex, England.
Together with Sibout Nooteboom I have written an article which is accepted and will soon be published in Systems Research and Behavioral Science on Adaptive networks as a governance system applied to the automotive sector.