Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus (CECAN)

Departments: Biology, York Centre for Complex Systems Analysis (YCCSA), Stockholm Environment at York (SEI-Y)

York Lead: Professor Sue Hartley

Overall Project Lead: Nigel Gilbert, University of Surrey

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This new national research hub will be developing new ways to measure the effectiveness of domestic policies on energy, water, environment and food (the ‘nexus’), and how they affect wider society.

The focus of the Centre will be to pioneer, test and promote evaluation approaches and methods across the energy, environment and food nexus where complexity presents a challenge to policy interventions, and so contribute to more effective policymaking.

The centre will foster an 'open research' culture of knowledge exchange founded on a growing network of policymakers, practitioners and researchers – whilst at its core will be a strong group of academic and non-academic experts with many years' experience.

Work at CECAN will include developing and enhancing methods for the evaluation of policies in complex settings; piloting these methods on a range of evaluation projects; organising educational programmes for practitioners, academics and policymakers; and publishing guides and toolkits for evaluators, those commissioning evaluations, and policy audiences.

You can find out more information on the work of the Centre, CECAN events and how to engage with our research at the project website

Funders: ESRC, NERC, BEIS, DEFRA, FSA, EA