Handbook of Research Methods in Complexity Science
Show Less

Handbook of Research Methods in Complexity Science

Theory and Applications

Edited by Eve Mitleton-Kelly, Alexandros Paraskevas and Christopher Day

This comprehensive Handbook is aimed at both academic researchers and practitioners in the field of complexity science. The book’s 26 chapters, specially written by leading experts, provide in-depth coverage of research methods based on the sciences of complexity. The research methods presented are illustratively applied to practical cases and are readily accessible to researchers and decision makers alike.
Buy Book in Print
Show Summary Details
You do not have access to this content

Chapter 14: Modeling social complexity in infrastructures: a case-based approach to improving reliability and resiliency

Carl J. Dister, Professor Brian Castellani and Dr Rajeev Rajaram


If one is to improve reliability and resilience in infrastructures, it is necessary to adopt a ‘complex, smart territory’ modelling strategy, particularly one that gives attention to the importance of social complexity. To test the veracity of their argument the authors conducted a case study on a segment of the US power grid, seeking to create a first proof-of-concept sufficient to show how thinking about infrastructures in ‘complex systems’ terms, primarily in terms of their social aspects, can prove beneficial. They employed the SACS Toolkit, which is part of the new approach to modelling complex systems, called case-based complexity. As a technique, the SACS Toolkit is a computationally grounded, case-comparative, mixed methods platform for modelling complex systems as sets of cases. In an effort to help readers make use of this technique, this chapter provides a basic overview of the research process, ending with a summary of the novel insights this approach was able to achieve.

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.

Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

Further information

or login to access all content.