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Professor Robert Geyer

Professor, Head of Department

Robert Geyer

County South

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YL

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 592779

Office Hours:

My office hours are Monday 13:00-14:00.


Research overview

My research interests have evolved in several directions. My main focus is on complexity theory and public policy. My recent book publications, including co-authored and co-edited books, are Handbook on Complexity and Public Policy, 2014; Complexity and Public Policy, 2010; Complexity, Science and Society, 2007 and Riding the Diabetes Rollercoaster, 2007. I have also written various articles in this field and have featured in four short films:

My other core area of research is in EU social and health policy with a particular emphasis on drug advertising policy. My key publications include a co-authored book, Integrating UK and European Social Policy, 2005 and single authored book Exploring European Social Policy, 2000 and a number of related articles. My other areas of interest are in international political economy, Scandinavian social democracy, European politics in general.


PhD supervision

He is interested in supervising PhD students in the following broad areas:

- European Union politics and policy

-Social and health policy

-International Political Economy

-Complexity, politics and public policy

-Scandinavian politics and policy

Current Teaching

Professor Geyer is the course convenor for the Postgraduate PPR.417: The European Union module in the 2012/13 academic year.

Professor Geyer supervises PhD. students in international political economy, European politics, policy and integration, Scandinavian politics, and Complexity and public policy.

Research Interests

Robert Geyer is Professor of Politics, Complexity and Policy. When not in Lancaster he tries to spend as much time as he can with his family at their hytte (cabin) in Norway.

Professor Geyer has:

  • featured in four short films: Introduction to Complexity http://vimeo.com/51435839, Complexity and the Stacey Diagramme  http://vimeo.com/25979052 , Complexity and the NHS - interview with Samir Rihani https://vimeo.com/59733846 and Interview with Eileen Munro http://vimeo.com/31959287 .

  • been a Rapporteur on the High Level Scientific Panel for the EU Framework 6 New and Emerging Science and Technologies (NEST) programme and a Project Proposal Reviewer for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Arts and Humanities ResearchCouncil (AHRC)and EU Framework 6 New and Emerging Science and Technologies (NEST) programme.

  • been an editoral board member for the Journal of Policy and Complex Systems, Complexity, Governance and Networks, and the Forum for Complex Systems and Health.

  • received over 80 international/national speaking invitations throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
  • given keynote addresses to the annual conferences of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management and UK Complexity Society, Complexity, Science and Society conference, British Studies Association in China.
  • been a Director on the Council of Management of the UK Complexity Society.
  • taught at the University of Wisconsin, Marquette University and University of Liverpool and been a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley and University of California, Davis. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Buskerud University College, Norway
  • received research funding from the British Academy, European Science Foundation, ESRC, ESRC/NEXUS programme, EPSRC, Lancaster University, University of Liverpool, Marquette University, Nuffield Foundation, Scandinavian American Foundation and Social Science Research Council.
  • published articles for newspapers in Britain, Norway and the USA and been on BBC radio and Granada television and won the, European Voice, international writing competition in September 2001. On 16 January 2004, his work and the activities of the Centre for Complexity Research were profiled in the Times Higher Education Supplement.
  • founded and was the Director (2002-2007) of the Centre for Complexity Research (CCR, later ComplexNetwork). While acting as Director, the CCR had over 800 members from 44 different countries and virtually every academic discipline and supported a wide variety of research projects and proposals.The activities of the CCR were recognised by the AHRB, ESRC, EPSRC, Wellcome Trust, Royal Society for Chemistry and were profiled in the Times Higher Education Supplement.
  • created the Complexity, Science and Society conference (11-14 Sept. 2005), the first of its kind in the UK, bringing together over 400 participants from 35 countries in 18 different academic disciplines. The implications of the conference were discussed in R Geyer and J Bogg 'Outside all of the boxes: How complexity combines Newton and disorder' Times Higher Education Supplement , 23 September 2005.
  • reviewed articles for Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Comparative European Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Current Politics and Economics of Europe, Governance, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Social Policy, International Theory, International PoliticsNew Political Economy, Policy and Politics, Progress in Development Studies, Review of Radical Political Economics, Social Science and Medicine, Theory, Culture and Society and West European Politics and reviewed book proposals for Palgrave, Radcliffe, Routledge, Sage and Policy Press.
  • been a member of the Diabetes Research Group, Alder Hey Hospital, Liverpool and is currently a contributor to the social consultancy, Hope Street Centre, Liverpool

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