Network Science – Thursday 15 November 2018


Harnessing the “Networkness” of Networks

The internet and advances in information and communications are implicated in the emergence of the network economy and the network society. Greater connectivity and access to increased variety and volume of information enable new and complex forms of organisation. This presents opportunities and threats that are challenging both, public and private sector institutions.

This session is about a quest for more effective ways of dealing with the uncertainties and dynamism of the network economy whilst maximising the opportunities afforded by the Internet and associated technologies. The speaker at this meeting will be Professor Yasmin Merali, who will explore how understanding the “networkness” of networks may enable us to understand the emerging context and to harness network forms of organisation to deliver transformational capacity or stability as appropriate in the face of environmental turbulence.

This seminar will also be a chance to network with members of our own Communities, that work alongside NetIKX in the field of Information and Knowledge Management.  Once each year we especially welcome all the groups who operate alongside us.


Yasmin Merali is Professor of Systems Thinking and Director of the Centre for Systems Studies at Hull University Business School. Prior to that she was Co-director of the Doctoral Training Centre for Complexity Science at the University of Warwick and served as Director of Warwick Business School's Information Systems Research Unit until 2006.

Professor Merali is an Expert Evaluator for the EU and was elected to the Executive Committee of the Council of the European Complex Systems Society in 2012 and the Board of the UNESCO Unitwin Complex Systems Digital Campus in 2013. Her research is trans-disciplinary, using complexity theory to address issues of transformation in internet-enabled socio-economic contexts, focusing on network dynamics and the emergence and co-evolution of socio-economic structures. She has extensive consultancy experience in public, private, and third sector organizations, and received a BT Fellowship and an IBM Faculty Award for her work on knowledge management and complexity. 

Provisional Timetable

14:00 - 14:30   Registration (and refreshments)

14:30 - 15.45   Speaker

15.45 - 16:05   Tea and networking

16:05 - 16:45   Syndicate session

16:45 - 17:00   Reporting back and general discussion

17:00 - 18:00   Refreshments and a glass of wine

18:00               Close


The British Dental Association, 64 Wimpole Street, London W1G 8YS (The nearest London Underground Station is Bond Street)

Seminar Costs

If you are a NetIKX Member or join NetIKX now, there is no charge

Non-members are welcome to attend. Please register below.

Athough the normal rate for non-members is £30, there will be discounts available for returning members and others. For further information, please send an email to web[at]

If you have a problem registering for this meeting, please send an email to web[at]

Price: £30.00