Research Complex Socio-technical Systems

Today’s societies are high-tech, and technology increasingly weaves throughout our lives. CSPO research seeks to understand what it means for social relationships, values, identities, and organizations to inhabit advanced technological societies, how societies arrange themselves around large, complex technological systems, and the ways that human lives and livelihoods come to be defined by and in these systems. Building on our insights into and evaluations of the human dimensions and outcomes of socio-technological systems, we also aim to develop new approaches to the governance of systems change, new visions for transforming systems toward improved societal outcomes, and new insights into the possibilities and limits of democracy in an age of rapid scientific and technological change.