CASPS Theme: Governance, policy processes and policy influence

Keywords: Complexity theory, Asylum seekers, migration

Description: This presentation is based on extensive research and Dr McCarthy’s engagement with asylum seekers in the United Kingdom and in North Africa. It argues that the adoption of “complexity theory” by policy makers - identifying and explaining patterns of change and feedback effects across dynamics systems - can facilitate a better understanding the decision-making processes of asylum seekers.

Dr Sherine El Taraboulsi-McCarthy is the Founding Director of NatCen International at the National Centre for Social Research. She is an established research expert on humanitarian and development policy, conflict, security and evidence uptake, and has research experience in 13 countries. She has worked as a Senior Research Fellow with the Politics and Governance team and a Research Fellow with the Humanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). Sherine holds a PhD/DPhil from the Department of International Development and St. Cross College at the University of Oxford.

This is a video recording of a CASPS seminar that took place online on Tuesday, 5 March, 2024. Seminar Chair: Dr Theodoros Papadopoulos, CASPS co-Director. This event was part of on-going collaborative work between NatCen International and CASPS.