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Professor of Systems Thinking
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.
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
Mindfulness and Behavioural Insights: Reflections on the Meditative Brain, Systems Theory and Organisational Change
Lilley, R., Whitehead, M., & Midgley, G. (2022). Mindfulness and Behavioural Insights: Reflections on the Meditative Brain, Systems Theory and Organisational Change. Journal of Awareness-Based Systems Change, 2(2), 29-57. https://doi.org/10.47061/jasc.v2i2.3857
Mindfulness and Behavioural Insights: Reflections on the meditative brain, systems theory and organizational change
Lilley, R., Whitehead, M., & Midgley, G. (in press). Mindfulness and Behavioural Insights: Reflections on the meditative brain, systems theory and organizational change. Journal of Awareness-Based Systems Change,
A systems perspective on systemic innovation
Midgley, G., & Lindhult, E. (2021). A systems perspective on systemic innovation. Systems research and behavioral science, 38(5), 635–670. https://doi.org/10.1002/sres.2819
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
USDA United States Department of Agriculture
15 January 2017
Leuphana University Lueneburg
11 September 2017
Mistra Urban Futures
1 November 2017
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.
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
Logistics and Management Systems
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