EPSRC Workshop: "Scaling in social systems"

Past Event

01 December 2011, 11:45am - 6:00pm

Said Business School
Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HP

This workshop is hosted by the Cabdyn Complexity Centre

The successful application of scaling laws to a vast range of biological systems, as exemplified by Geoffrey West’s work, raises the question whether analogous (or very different) simple principles can help us understand scaling in complex social systems. We aim to address this question from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on insights from the life and physical sciences, while not forgetting the rich tradition of scaling laws in the social sciences (e.g. Zipf ’s law). The workshop seeks to engage the UK’s growing complex systems research community.


  • Dr Felix Reed-Tsochas, Deputy Director, Institute for Science, Innovation and Society
  • Professor Michael Batty, University College London
  • Professor Luís Bettencourt, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Professor Didier Sornette, ETH Zürich
  • Dr Tim Evans, Imperial College London
  • Professor Geoffrey West, Santa Fe Institute

All welcome - attendance is free but registration is requested.