Welcome to the ERIE blog!

We’re a group of investigators and researchers from the University of Surrey working on a research venture funded by the EPSRC to delve into the complexity of industrial ecosystems.

The Evolution and Resilience of Industrial Ecosystems (ERIE) aims to embed cutting-edge complexity science methods and techniques within prototype software that will provide policy advisors with more reliable models on which to base decisions, in order to help build and maintain a strong economy and infrastructure.

Involving investigators from the Departments of SociologyMathematics, and Computing and the Centre for Environmental Strategy, ERIE is Surrey’s first research venture in complexity science and is led by Professor of Sociology, Nigel Gilbert. To meet the rest of the team please access the ‘ERIE Team’ page on the menu.

Using mathematical and computational approaches, the team will formulate, develop and test tools and techniques for the analysis of industrial sectors, regarded as ‘ecosystems’, in order to facilitate the steering of such systems to achieve policy goals. We plan to model two case studies: “The Development of an Industrial Ecosystem on the South Humber Bank, North Lincolnshire” and “Resilient Food Supply Chains to Support Food Security and Global Sustainable Development”.

ERIE is one of four projects funded by the EPSRC under their ‘Complexity Science for the Real World’ theme. Other projects involve investigators from the University of Manchester, the University of Southampton and UCL.

We hope you enjoy our Blog!


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