Professor Gerald Midgley

Professor Gerald Midgley

Professor of Systems Thinking

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Business, Law and Politics
  • Hull University Business School

Summary

Professor Gerald Midgley is Professor of Systems Thinking in the Business School at the University of Hull. He also holds Adjunct Professorships at the University of Queensland, Australia; Mälardalen University, Sweden; the University of Canterbury, New Zealand; and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Gerald was Director of the Centre for Systems Studies at Hull from 1997 to 2003 and from 2010 to 2014. He has had more than 300 papers published on systems thinking, action research and stakeholder engagement, and has been involved in a wide variety of public sector, community development and resource management projects.

Recent outputs

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Book Chapter

Critical Systems Thinking, Systemic Intervention and Beyond

Midgley, G., & Rajagopalan, R. (2021). Critical Systems Thinking, Systemic Intervention and Beyond. In G. S. Metcalf, K. Kijima, & H. Deguchi (Eds.), Handbook of Systems Sciences (107-157). New York: Springer Publishing Company. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-0720-5

Journal Article

Designing interagency responses to wicked problems: Creating a common, cross-agency understanding

Sydelko, P., Midgley, G., & Espinosa, A. (2021). Designing interagency responses to wicked problems: Creating a common, cross-agency understanding. European journal of operational research, 24(1), 250-263. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2020.11.045

Negotiating food systems resilience

Hansen, A., Ingram, J., & Midgley, G. (2020). Negotiating food systems resilience. Nature Food, 1(9), 519. https://doi.org/10.1038/s43016-020-00147-y

Report

Active Withernsea Deep Dive Report to Sport England: Inequalities Impacting on Physical Activity, and Policies to Mitigate or Prevent those Inequalities

Powell, L., & Midgley, G. (2020). Active Withernsea Deep Dive Report to Sport England: Inequalities Impacting on Physical Activity, and Policies to Mitigate or Prevent those Inequalities. Sport England and East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Exploring Boundaries in Food Systems Research: Implications for Projects on UK Food Security

Helfgott, A., & Midgley, G. (in press). Exploring Boundaries in Food Systems Research: Implications for Projects on UK Food Security. Swindon: RCUK Global Food Security Programme (subcontract to University of Oxford)

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

Maximizing voluntary compliance in antimicrobial stewardship programs: a critical factor for effective intervention

Funder

USDA United States Department of Agriculture

Grant

£67,140.00

Started

15 January 2017

Status

Ongoing

Project

Research integration and implementation. Commonalities and differences among diverse communities

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Leuphana University Lueneburg

Grant

£700.00

Started

11 September 2017

Status

Complete

Project

Co-producing knowledge in transdisciplinary research – From practice to theory

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Mistra Urban Futures

Grant

£500.00

Started

1 November 2017

Status

Complete

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome applications in any area of systems thinking, and am particularly looking for students wanting to develop new methodologies and methods for application to 'wicked' policy problems and community development. Related areas in which I am interested in supervising include community operational research; problem structuring methods; dealing with power, conflict and marginalisation; and participatory practice. Completed PhDs I have supervised more than 30 PhD students to successful completion. Current PhD supervisions Maya Vachkova, Identity Issues in Radicalisation Pam Sydelko, The Design of Inter-Agency Organisations to Tackle Wicked Problems, with Specific Reference to International Organised Crime Alistair Smith, Clashing Understandings of the Role of the State in an Increasingly Pluralistic Society, and the Processes of Marginalisation this Produces in Local Communities Louie Gardiner, Developing the Theory and Practice of 'Subjective Empiricism' to Support Systemic Intervention. Delia MacNamara, Developing a Tool (the Boundary Triage) to Support Critical Self-Reflection as part of Leadership in a Networked Society Oralia de la Pena de Torres, Extending Leader-Member Exchange (LMX) Theory with the Theory of Boundary Critique to Support the Understanding of Marginalisation in Organisations. Helene Finidori, The Use of Pattern Languages to Enhance Systems Thinking Yulia Kozak, The Use of Counter-Factuals to Enhance the Systems Thinking of Managers Lisa Hilder, The Drivers and Barriers to Social Entrepreneurship in Women's Grass-Roots Community Groups