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3rd International Conference on Complexity And Policy Studies (CAPS 2019 )
Theme: Research and Practice for Social Good in a Complex World
Host: UNC Charlotte Complex Systems Institute
April 15 - 17, 2019
Open Gov Hub
Washington, DC, 20005
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CAPS 2019 is the 3rd International Conference on Complexity and Policy Studies. The conference is a cross-disciplinary conference that brings together researchers, practitioners, and funders to explore the application of insights from the study of complex systems to public policy with a special emphasis on social good. The conference gives practitioners and researchers the opportunity to learn from each other, explore collaborations, and hear from funders about the most promising ways to fund their projects.


To present at the conference authors should submit a full paper in pdf format of up to 10 pages (5000 words) through EasyChair. Unless requested otherwise the accepted papers will be published in a special issue of the Journal on Policy and Complex Systems. Please make sure to register for the conference on our website in addition to the paper submission.

The conference accepts two kinds of papers at the intersection of complex systems studies, public policy, and social good

1) academic papers that present original research

2) case studies or reflections on policy practice by practitioners

Topics include, but are not limited to:

Access to Education; Access to Healthcare; Civil Society; Conflict Resolution & Cooperation; Coupled Human-Natural Systems; Diffusion of Innovations; Digital Divide; Digital Humanities; Dynamic Human Behavior; Dynamics of Trust & Reputation; Ecological Footprint; Economic Development; Economic Mobility; Evolutionary Dynamics; Group Decisions & Collective Behaviors; Justice and Fairness; Model Replication; Poverty; Public Policy; Retirement; Simulation Software & Computational Frameworks; Smart Cities; Socio-Economic & Financial Networks; Social Media; Social Norms; Social Networks; Sustainability; Verification & Validation

The organizers will consider the possibility to organize 1-2 workshops on specific topics. These can be short workshops that take place during the conference or long half-day workshops that can take place before or after the conference. If you are interested in organizing a workshop, please e-mail your contact information, workshop title, and workshop description to


Paper submission: February 15, 2019

Workshop proposal: February 15, 2019
Notification to authors: February 28, 2019
Early registration: March 15, 2019
Conference: April 15-17, 2019


Mirsad Hadzikadic (Chair), UNC Charlotte, Director Complex Systems Institute

Nazmiye Bacaksizlar, UNC Charlotte, PhD Student

AnaMaria Berea, University of Central Florida, Assistant Professor

Elizabeth von Briesen, UNC Charlotte, PhD Student

Ted Carmichael, TutorGen, Senior Research Scientist

Dave Dixon, University of New Mexico, Lecturer

Bernd Durrwachter, Analytic Dimensions, Principal

Ivan Garibay, University of Central Florida, Assistant Professor

Fern Halper, TDWI, Vice President and Research Director for Advanced Analytics

Jerri Husch, 2Collaborate Consulting, President

Liz Johnson, Journal of Policy & Complex Systems, Managing Editor

Anu Miller, MetLife, Director Data Science

Michael Moses, Global Integrity, Director Learning & Programs

Mark Orr, University of Virginia, Associate Professor

Bianica Pires, Virginia Tech, Assistant Professor

Bernard Ricca, St. John Fisher College, Associate Professor

Martin Schmidt, International Development Consultant

LeRon Shults, University of Agder, Professor

Felesia Stukes, Johnson C. Smith University, Assistant Professor

Mike Taylor, Plexus Institute, Board Member and Lead Designer for the Commons Project


Journal for Policy and Complex Systems

The Computational Social Science Society of the Americas

UNC Charlotte Complex Systems Institute

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