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New data – old theories: list of participants

Beata SegercrantzBeata Segercrantz

Beata Segercrantz is Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Management and Organization at Hanken School of Economics, Finland. Her research focuses on undesirable consequences of innovation, in particular, in the social- and health care sector.

William WimsattWilliam C. Wimsatt

William C. Wimsatt is professor emeritus in the Department of Philosophy, the Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science, and the Committee on Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago.

Claes AnderssonClaes Andersson

Claes is Assistant Professor in Complex Systems at the department of Energy and Environment at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. His research concerns innovation and societal evolution, both in the past and in modern society.

David LaneDavid Lane

David Lane was Professor 1976-1992) and Chairman of the Department of Theoretical Statistics (1989-1992) at the University of Minnesota. In 1992, he became Professor of Statistics in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Modena, of which he was Chairman (1998-2001). From 2001, he is member of the Faculty of Communications and Economics of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, where he currently serves (since 2003) as professor of economics. In addition, Lane was a member of the external faculty at the Santa Fe Institute from 1989 until 2009; he continues to serve on the Institute’s Science Board and Editorial Board. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the journals Complexity and Journal of Evolutionary Economics. Lane’s research has resulted in numerous articles in international journals on stochastic process theory, the foundations of statistics, epidemiology, causality assessment of adverse drug reactions, economy theory, economic sociology, and the theory of innovation. From 2002-2006, Lane directed a European Commission project on the Information Society as a Complex System, in which participated scientists from Imperial College, the Sorbonne, and the Santa Fe Institute as well as the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. The project led to the book “Complexity Perspectives on Innovation and Social Change,” edited by Lane, Denise Pumain, Sander van der Leeuw and Geoffrey West, (Springer, 2009). He is currently director of two European Commission projects: Innovation, Sustainability and ICT; and Emergence by Design. Both projects have partners from academia, technology companies and the world of social innovation. Among other awards, Lane received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1986. He has also been elected a Fellow in the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, the International Statistical Society and the American Statistical Society.

Doug ErwinDouglas Erwin

Douglas is Curator of Paleozoic Invertebrates and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. His research focus is on major evolutionary transitions and evolutionary innovation.


Dwight ReadDwight Read

Dwight is Professor at the Department of Anthropology at the University of California Los Angeles. He has worked extensively on the underlying structure of kinship systems and social and societal dynamics in palaeolithic societies.


Anton TörnbergAnton Törnberg

Anton Törnberg is a PhD-student in an interdisciplinary project between the Division of Physical Resource Theory at Chalmers and the Department of Sociology and Work Science at Gothenburg University. His research interests are automated text analysis and how perspectives and methods from complexity science can be useful within sociology.


Petter TörnbergPetter Törnberg

Petter Törnberg is a PhD candidate at the Physical Resource Theory at Chalmers University of Technology, with a background in Computer Science, Complex Adaptive Systems and Physics. His research focuses on complex systems perspectives on social systems, and he is currently working with developing ways integrating automated text analysis with social theory.

Gilbert TostevinGilbert Tostevin

Gilbert is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of Minnesota, USA. His research uses the intersection between cultural transmission theory and Paleolithic archaeology to investigate the dynamics of cultural evolution in the Pleistocene.


John Odling-SmeeJohn Odling-Smee

John is Emeritus Research Fellow at Mansfield College at the University of Oxford. He has extensively developed the understanding of the role of animal learning in evolution and the theory of Niche Construction.


Karl-Erik SveibyKarl-Erik Sveiby

Karl-Erik is professor emeritus at Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki, Finland. His research interests are unintended consequences of innovation, and collective leadership in knowledge-intensive organisations as diverse as Swedish consulting firms, American hi-tech companies and Australian Aborigines .

Mary StinerMary Stiner

Mary is Regents’ Professor at the Department of Anthropology and Curator of Zooarchaeology at the Arizona State Museum of the University of Arizona. She combines archaeological fieldwork with theoretical development on several topics in human evolution, including the interaction between hominids and their ecological niches and the division of labor in palaeolithic groups.

Denise PumainDenise Pumain

Denise Pumain is Professor at University Paris I and member of the Institut Universitaire de France. She develops an evolutionary theory of urban systems from world-wide comparisons of empirical observations and simulation models (the Simpop series). She is PI of the ERC advanced grant GeoDiverCity.


Julie Fen ChongJulie Fen-Chong

Julie Fen-Chong is Lecturer in Geography (University of Burgundy at Dijon, France). She is interested in the use of location based data in geography. In her PhD (2012) prepared in collaboration with Orange Lab she analyzed mobile phone data in relation with the spatial organization of the Ile-de-France urban region.


Clara SchmittClara Schmitt

Clara Schmitt is Post-Doc in Geography and Complex systems, working on the ERC GeoDiverCity project. Her research mainly focuses on the long term evolution of systems of cities by means of simulation models. In the two models developed for her PhD thesis (2014) (SimpopLocal and SimpopNet), innovation dynamics are considered as the growth engine of urban evolution.

Kristian KristiansenKristian Kristiansen