Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus of Energy, Food and Water

The CECAN project (duration: 2016-2019) develops and enhances methods for the evaluation of policies in complex settings across the nexus of energy, environment, & food, where complexity presents a challenge to policy interventions. The project pilots these methods on a range of evaluation projects; organises educational programmes for practitioners, academics and policymakers; and publishes guides and toolkits for evaluators, those commissioning evaluations, and policy audiences.

Our Research Unit is international partner for the methodological part of CECAN (simulating for policy, connecting technological and social innovation in co-design with policy stakeholders). Furthermore, our unit works on connecting CECAN to similar international research initiatives looking at opportunities for continuing the project after the end oft he first funding period.


Coordination of the Project University of Surrey, UK
SponsorUK Government
- Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
- Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
- Department for Environment Food Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
- Department for Business, Energy Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
- Food Standards Agency (FSA)
- Environment Agency (EA)
JGU Project LeadProf. Dr. Petra Ahrweiler
ResearcherDr. Martin Neumann



CECAN – FB 02 – Sociology – Technology and Innovation

  • New Project Funded:
    Following a successful bidding by Nigel Gilbert, Alex Penn and Petra Ahrweiler, the ESRC has granted funding for a new, CECAN-related research project entitled 'New approaches to Participatory Steering and Evaluation of Complex Adaptive Systems'. The upcoming funding will serve the development of an international network. The main activity will be to organize a highly interactive workshop for international participants that will take place nearby the University of Surrey in February 2019.
  • CECAN project meeting 2018:
    Next CECAN project meeting: 27.- 28. April 2018 in Cranfield University, UK.
  • New scientific staff member in CECAN (March 2018):
    On 1st March 2018, Dr. Martin Neumann will join our CECAN team.
  • New Publication of the Unit (in Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation):
    New paper of the unit published by the Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation: Gilbert, N., Ahrweiler, P., Barbrook-Johnson, P., Narasimhan, K. und Wilkinson, H. (2018): Computational Modelling of Public Policy: Reflections on Practice, in: Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation JASSS 21 (1), 14. Read Article
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