My research and scholarship focuses on participation and methodologies to promote it, including the role of information systems. The main methodologies developed through research are: ‘Imagine’, ‘Triple Task’, ‘Multiview’ and Logical Framework. I am primarily interested in methods which help us to understand complex issues.
2015 - 2017. I have been engaged in scholarship into the phenomena of fear. I have two major publications in this regard:
Bell, S. 2017. The Formations of Terror. Cambridge Scholars. London. ISBN: 1-4438-4705-4
and the graphic novel:
There are a host of books about fear but, as yet, there has been little attempt to methodically and systemically assess how fear emerges and is targeted. This highly readable yet rigorous book sets about the methodical assessment of fear as an emergent property. Working from the personal experience of fear as ‘everyman’, and then using examples and case studies, it explores the main principles which lie behind the manifestation of fear of all kinds. Using climate change as its specific point of focus, fear is seen to be a major force in problem assessment and analysis and, by accident or intention, a significant confusion to human decision making. By the systemic development of the main features of the Paradigm of Fear and the identification of Fear Amplifying and Fear Attenuating systems, the book demonstrates how fear can be contained, how new social forms can arise and how new behaviours and social qualities can mitigate the Formations of Terror.
2015. Principal Investigator on Making Metrics Meaningful – an Open University funded research project on sustainability and community in Milton Keynes. £15k.
2013. Co Investigator: AHRC funded project - Understanding the Changing Cultural Value of the BBC World Service and British Council. AHRC noted: It was awarded a top grade 6 “An outstanding proposal that is world-leading in all of the following: scholarship, originality, quality, and significance. It fully meets all the assessment criteria for the scheme and excels in many or all of these. It provides full and consistent evidence and justification for the proposal and management arrangements are clear and convincing. It should be funded as a matter of the very highest priority.” Outcomes presented at: Conference of International Broadcasters' Audience Research Services, Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris 2nd-5th November 2014.
2013. Principal Investigator for a joint project with INSEAD in Abu Dhabi: Triple Task Analysis of Policy Maker Decision Making in Education. £20k.
2008 – 2011. Principal Investigator for UK contribution to FP7 project, Policy Influence of Indicators or POINT project. €1.4 million (Bayswater element €170,000)
2000 – 2011. Principal Investigator for six projects funded by the Mediterranean Action Plan: Systemic Sustainability Analysis in Malta, Lebanon, Slovenia, Algeria, Cyprus and Spain.
2008 Principal Investigator for the Academy for Sustainable Communities and Homes and Communities Agency. Analysing, adapting and testing a taught version of the Imagine Methodology – Creating Sustainable Communities. (£100,000).
2008 – 2010. Member of ITd Net – International Transdisciplinary Net on Case Studies for Sustainable Development (funded attendance at conferences in Helsinki in 2008 and Vienna in 2010).
I have Chaired the following modules, mostly from production to presentation
2009 – present. T319: Environmental Management II: Production Chair.
2008. Creating Sustainable Communities VLE: Production Chair. http://learn.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=5548
2007. GT045: Managing Complexity. Production Chair.http://www3.open.ac.uk/courses/bin/p12.dll?C01GT045
2002 – 2012. T851: The Information Systems Toolkit:
2002 – 2008. TXR248: Experiencing Systems: Production and Presentation Chair.
1997 – 2013 T306: Managing Complexity – a systems approach.
Production Chair (1997-2000) Presentation and Exam Board Chair (2000-2006).
1996 – 2001. T843: Management Information Systems:
Production Chair (1996-1997). Presentation and Exam Board Chair.(1997-2001).
1997 – 2000. T301: Complexity, Management and Change. Applying a systems approach:
Some of my more recent engagements include:
2015. Facilitator to Step up to Serve and the Prince’s Trust, Holborn, London. January 13th.
2015. Facilitator to Lord Raefe Lucas and his team for The Good Careers Guide. Millbank, London. January 9th.
2014. Designer and Facilitator, Capgemini Co-Innovation Lab workshop – for staff of the Accelerated Solutions Environment (ASE) ‘Systems Thinking Clinic’. Capgemini, Holborn Aqueduct, London. December 18th.
2014. Designer and Facilitator, Conciliation Resources. Strategic Planning Workshop. Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent's Park Road, London. December 8th.
2014 Evaluation of the Digisheds project: Brixton London. Funded by Capgemini and the Department for Work and Pensions.
2014 Reviewer to the Hauser Center at Harvard University: Global Analysis of Fund Managers: Water governance as a case study for integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) information.
2012. Consultant to CapGemini/ Rolls Royce. Aston, UK.
2012. Consultant to Priorities Action Programme, Regional Activity Centre, Split, Croatia.
2010. Consultant to Future of London – Sustainable Community Training for London Borough High-Flyer Programme.
I am currently a Visiting Professor with Capgemini.
In recent years I have been Visiting Professor at INSEAD in Abu Dhabi, the University of Tsukuba in Japan and Senior Fellow at International Development at the University of East Anglia.
I have collaborated with a variety of national and international organisations including the British Council, The World Bank and the United Nations. I have research grants from the European Union and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
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