Three consortia get started in Complexity and Creative Industry programme

17 July 2019

On 11 July, the board of the NWO Science Domain approved three grant applications for the Complexity and Creative Industry research programme. This was also on behalf of the NWO Domain Social Sciences and Humanities. Josette Gevers, Jotte de Koning and Marcel Olde Rikkert and their consortia will work on research projects in the field of complex systems for the Creative Industry Top Sector.

The transitions (digitisation, energy) that are currently underway in society compel creative professionals to adopt a new way of working. There is a strong demand for more knowledge about how they – working in close cooperation with domain-specific experts – can design system interventions in order to address major social challenges at meso (a social sector) and macro (society) level. One of the challenges is to create a resilient society. In order to develop the knowledge required, three consortia representing the Creative Industry Top Sector will carry out research into complex systems.

The objective of the Complexity and Creative Industry: Grip on Transitions and Resilience Call is to stimulate innovative, transdisciplinary research into complex systems in order to provide the creative professional with more tools for developing solutions for persistent social problems that cannot be resolved with conventional governance or design methods. 

The budget for this programme has been provided by the NWO Science and NWO Social Sciences and Humanities domains.


The following research projects have been awarded grants (listed alphabetically by the chief researcher’s surname):

Coordination and complexity: Augmenting team adaptive performance in crisis situations with wearable technology 
Dr J.M.P. (Josette) Gevers (f) Eindhoven University of Technology

In the event of accidents, emergencies, disasters and attacks, rapid and effective teamwork can save properties and lives. Wearable technologies could play an important role. By bringing creatives, medical and team experts together, this project will establish industry standards for developing wearable technologies that augment team responsiveness during crises. 

ENRGISED: ENgaging Residents in Green energy Investments through Social networks, complExity, and Design
Dr J.I.J.C. (Jotte) de Koning (f), TU Delft

The Netherlands’ commitment to discontinue natural gas use by 2050 requires the cooperation of millions of households. To address this major challenge, we develop an intervention strategy in which citizens mobilize each other and help make alternatives acceptable. With local partners we test this strategy in field trials. 

Gamified modelling, monitoring and improving social health in our complex aging society
Prof. M.G.M. (Marcel) Olde Rikkert (m), Radboud University Nijmegen

Loneliness is a large and complex problem. This project aims to get grip on this huge societal problem by creating synergy between complexity scientists, professionals in developing digitalized social health games, and a private partner with the mission to improve wellbeing for its network of almost four million
older clients. 

Source: NWO