Academic diversity

Boundary-breaking science requires a broader approach

In order to meet the challenges of complexity science the BCCS recruits PhD researchers from diverse academic fields.

Our PhD researchers have proved their academic grounding during undergraduate and often postgraduate study in a wide variety of subjects illustrated in the diagram below.

It's crucial to our success that we bring together researchers with different perspectives, knowledge, and experiences to develop novel approaches to the real-world problems our research addresses. 

venn diagram of PhD researcher academic backgrounds

Developing future leaders in complexity science

In addition, all of our researchers take on a further year-long taught component (part of a four-year PhD) designed to develop a breadth of knowledge of the vast array of theories and applications that relate to complexity science.

This innovative programme includes teaching and input from staff across the University and the completion of two research projects working with teams of researchers in different subject areas - representing our commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration.

BCCS research in the news

Bats obey ‘traffic rules’ when trawling for food 
March 2015

Is glass a true solid? 
January 2015

Ants show left bias when exploring new spaces 
December 2014

New research links individual animal behaviour with social spacing 
September 2013

How a fish 'broke' a law of physics 
October 2012

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Complexity science beyond the University

Our collaborative and interdisciplinary research also inspires our outreach and public engagement activities.