Professor Yasmin Merali

Professor of Systems Thinking

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics


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Yasmin Merali is Professor of Systems Thinking and Director of the Centre for Systems Studies at Hull University Business School.

Prior to that she was Co-director of the Doctoral Training Centre for Complexity Science at the University of Warwick and served as Director of Warwick Business School's Information Systems Research Unit until 2006.

Professor Merali is an Expert Evaluator for the EU and was elected to the Executive Committee of the Council of the European Complex Systems Society in 2012 and the Board of the UNESCO Unitwin Complex Systems Digital Campus in 2013.

She publishes in a range of 4* and 3* journals, and her consultancy experience spans public, private and third sector organisations.


Research Interests

Professor Merali's research is trans-disciplinary, transcending traditional boundaries between the natural and human sciences by drawing on complex systems science to study socio-economic systems at all scales and across diverse domains in the network economy and society.

Research groups

Professor Merali's research collaborations include with academics across disciplines and practitioners from public, private and third sector organisations.

In recent years she has collaborated with colleagues across institutions to attract over £7,075,000 of research funding from diverse bodies including the EU and UK funding councils, the Department of Transport, BT, the Welsh Audit Office, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (dstl) and the Health Foundation.

Yasmin Merali is the Director of the Centre for Systems Studies at Hull University Business School.


Merali, Y. (2014) with Child, J. and Ihrig, M, 'Organisation as Information – a Space Odyssey’, Organization Studies, 35: 801-824.

Merali, Y. (2013) with Njihia, J.M, ‘The Broader Context for ICT4D projects: a Morphogenetic Analysis’, MIS Quarterly, 37 (3): 881-905.

Merali, Y. (2012), with Papadopoulos, T., Nadkarni, T. (2012), ‘Information Systems Strategy: Past, Present, Future?’, Journal of Strategic Information Systems, 21: 125–153.

Merali, Y. (2011) with Papadopoulos, A., Radnor, Z. ‘The Role of Actor Associations in Understanding the Implementation of Lean Thinking in Healthcare’, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 31 (2): 167-191.

Merali, Y. (2006), ‘Complexity and Information Systems: The Emergent Domain’, Journal of Information Technology, 21 (4): 216-228.

Merali, Y. (2001), ‘Individual and Collective Congruence in the Knowledge Management Process’, Journal of Strategic Information Systems, 9 (2-3): 213-234.

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

Complexity and Network Thinking (Executive MBA)

Research PhDs

Professor Merali welcomes applications for PhD supervision in her areas of expertise.

Completed PhDs 

Spyros Angelopoulos, Emergence and Evolution of Online Social Networks (2014)

Khaled Al Hazmi, Information Systems Project Work in a Saudi Organisation: An Ethnographic Study (2014)

Anthony Woolcock, Opinion Dynamics: from Local Interactions to Global Trends (2014)

Eammon O’Loacha, Rethinking the Project Manager Role: A Case Study in the Context of an IT Department (2012).

Roberta Bernardi, Health Information Systems Reform in Kenya: an Institutionalist Perspective (2012).

James Muranga Njihia, ICT for Development Reconsidered: a Critical Realist Approach to the Strategic Context in Kenya's Transition to Governance (2008).

Thanos Papadopoulos, The Role of Network Emergence in the Implementation of Healthcare Innovation: a Case Study in the UK National Health Service (2008).

Hyun Jeong Kim, E-government Transformation and Organisational Learning: the Supreme Court Registry Office in Korea (2004).

Yong Ni, The Case of Impact of Information Systems on Business Flexibility from the Managerial Perspective: Multiple Cases of Enterprise Systems Enhancement and Ongoing Changes (2007).

Ian Allison, Software Process Improvement as Emergent Change: a Structurational Analysis (2004).

Shan-Ling Pan, Organising Knowledge Sharing in a Dispersed Organisation: a Socio-technical Perspective (1999).

Current PhD supervisions 

First/joint supervisions:

Yvonne Black, Social and Cultural Values of Ecosystem Services Derived from Access to Green Spaces in Kingston Upon Hull

Katherine Bloomfield, Contracting for the Mitigation of Systemic Risk: A Complexity Approach

Lubaid Khan, Enhancing Sustainability in Indian Agricultural Management Systems using Systems and Complexity Thinking

Mohammad Naveed Khan, Exploring Risk Management and Financial Sustainability of Business Models of Logistics Service Providers (LSPs) in a Region Highly Affected by Terrorism

Esmaeil Morasae Khidmati, Narratives of Colorectal Cancer Screening in Hull

Liang Liang, Complex System and Network of Information Sharing in Innovation

Francesca Moore, Resilient Communities for Sustainable Development: Harnessing Ecosystem Services for Regional Development

Alistair Smith, British Values: Responses in State-funded Islamic Schools (working title)

Maya Vachekova, Marginalisation and Identity Radicalisation in Complex Social Systems

Nick Westbury, The Evolutionary Physics of Organising

Teaching awards and accolades

Professor Merali’s extensive teaching experience on international MBA and Executive programs includes visiting positions at University of Cambridge, Universidade Catolica Portuguesa, Ecole de Management Lyon, LETI St Petersburg and the Budapest University of Economic Sciences, Warwick Medical School and Warwick Business School she received Warwick Business School Outstanding MBA Teacher Award.

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BSc Honours Biochemistry with Physiology (London)

  • MSc Medical Physics and Radiobiology (Birmingham)

  • MSc IT for Management (Coventry)

External roles

Profesor Merali is an Expert Evaluator for the EU and was elected to the Executive Committee of the Council of the European Complex Systems Society in 2012, and to the Board of the UNESCO Unitwin Complex Systems Digital Campus in 2013.

Awards and accolades

Professor Merali received a BT Fellowship and an IBM Faculty Award for her work on knowledge management and complexity.