Professor Robert GeyerProfessor
After working at the University of Liverpool for 10 years, Professor Geyer joined Lancaster University in 2006 and since that time he has been the Head of the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Associate Dean for Engagement and Internationalisation, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Lancaster University Academic Director (International) and LU Interim Dean (Internationalisation).
Professor Geyer supervises PhD. students in international political economy, European politics, policy and integration, Scandinavian politics, and Complexity and public policy.
Robert Geyer is Professor of Politics, Complexity and Policy. He obtained a BA in Political Science from UC San Diego in 1986, an MA in International Political Economy from U of Essex in 1987, an MA in Political Science from U of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990 and a PhD in Political Science from UW-Madison in 1995.
Professor Geyer has:
- featured in 6 short films on complexity and public policy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BO9lbEPWbZo
been a Rapporteur on the High Level Scientific Panel for the EU Framework 6 New and Emerging Science and Technologies (NEST) programme and a Project Proposal Reviewer for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Arts and Humanities ResearchCouncil (AHRC)and EU Framework 6 New and Emerging Science and Technologies (NEST) programme.
been a Rapporteur for a Scoping Workshop for the European Commission Group of Chief Scientific Advisors on ‘Making sense of science under conditions of complexity’
Panel member, ESRC Centres and Large Grant competition
Member of the European Science Foundation College of Experts
Expert reviewer for Academy of Finland
been an editoral board member for the Journal of Policy and Complex Systems, Complexity, Governance and Networks, and the Forum for Complex Systems and Health.
given over 150 international/national speaking invitations and keynote addresses throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
- been a Director on the Council of Management of the UK Complexity Society
- taught at the University of Wisconsin, Marquette University and University of Liverpool and been a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley and University of California, Davis and a Visiting Professor at Buskerud University College, Norway
- received research funding from the British Academy, European Science Foundation, ESRC, ESRC/NEXUS programme, EPSRC, Lancaster University, University of Liverpool, Marquette University, Nuffield Foundation, Scandinavian American Foundation and Social Science Research Council.
- published articles for newspapers in Britain, Norway and the USA and been on BBC radio and Granada television and won the, European Voice, international writing competition in September 2001. On 16 January 2004, his work and the activities of the Centre for Complexity Research were profiled in the Times Higher Education Supplement.
- founded and was the Director (2002-2007) of the Centre for Complexity Research (CCR, later ComplexNetwork). While acting as Director, the CCR had over 800 members from 44 different countries and virtually every academic discipline and supported a wide variety of research projects and proposals.The activities of the CCR were recognised by the AHRB, ESRC, EPSRC, Wellcome Trust, Royal Society for Chemistry and were profiled in the Times Higher Education Supplement.
- created the Complexity, Science and Society conference (11-14 Sept. 2005), the first of its kind in the UK, bringing together over 400 participants from 35 countries in 18 different academic disciplines. The implications of the conference were discussed in R Geyer and J Bogg 'Outside all of the boxes: How complexity combines Newton and disorder' Times Higher Education Supplement , 23 September 2005.
- reviewed articles and/or written book reviews for, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Comparative European Politics, Current Politics and Economics of Europe, European Political Science, Governance, International Theory, International Politics, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of European Social Policy, New Political Economy, Policy and Politics, Politics and Policy, Policy Studies, Political Studies, Political Studies Review, Progress in Development Studies, Review of Radical Political Economics, Social Science and Medicine, Theory, Culture and Society, Times Higher Education Supplement and West European Politics and reviewed book proposals for Cambridge University, Palgrave, Radcliffe, Routledge, Sage and Policy Press.
My research interests have evolved in several directions. My main focus is on complexity theory and public policy. My recent book publications, including co-authored and co-edited books, are Handbook on Complexity and Public Policy, 2015; Complexity and Public Policy, 2010; Complexity, Science and Society, 2007 and Riding the Diabetes Rollercoaster, 2007. I have also written various articles in this field and have featured in six short films:
Introduction to the film series: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BO9lbEPWbZoComplexity and public policy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wz6RIHu83kMoving from complexity: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Zz2w5zRYjsComplexity and the Stacey Diagram: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10sTkUlylGI Complexity and health an interview with Dr Samir Rihani http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyuVDo1DmBIComplexity and social policy an interview with Professor Eileen Munro, author of the influential Munro Review of Child Protection: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3n9cWLuGXg
My other core area of research is in EU social and health policy with a particular emphasis on drug advertising policy. My key publications include a co-authored book, Integrating UK and European Social Policy, 2005 and single authored books Exploring European Social Policy, 2000 and The Uncertain Union, 1997 and a number of related articles. My other areas of interest are in international political economy, Scandinavian social democracy, European politics in general.
PhD Supervision Interests
He is interested in supervising PhD students in the following broad areas:
- European Union politics and policy
-Social and health policy
-International Political Economy
-Complexity, politics and public policy
-Scandinavian politics and policy
Exploring the health case for Universal Basic Income: Evidence from GPs working with precarious groups
Johnson, M., Geyer, R., Degerman, D. 5/11/2019 In: Basic Income Studies. 14, 2, 11 p.
Antidepressant advertising in China and the UK: The strengths and limits of policy learning
Geyer, R.R., Wang, F. 1/09/2019 In: China Quarterly. 239, p. 752-774. 23 p.
The Drafters' Dance: The complexity of drafting legislation and the limitations of 'Plain Language' and 'Good Law' initiatives
Webb, T.E., Geyer, R.R. 24/06/2019 In: Statute Law Review. 30 p.
The Complexity of the Governance of Climate Change
Harrison, N., Geyer, R.R. 14/02/2019 In: International Studies Review.
Pragmatic complexity: a new foundation for moving beyond ‘evidence-based policy making?
Ansell, C., Geyer, R.R. 04/2017 In: Policy Studies. 38, 2, p. 149-167. 19 p.
A critical discussion of complexity theory: how does 'complexity thinking' improve our understanding of politics and policymaking?
Geyer, R.R., Cairney, P. 1/01/2017 In: Complexity, Governance and Networks. 3, 2, 11 p.
(Mandarin Chinese) Brexit – How did it happen and how will it affect the UK- EU-China relationship?
Geyer, R.R., Shen, W. 15/10/2016 In: Chinese Journal of European Studies. 4, p. 56-65. 10 p.
Whatever happened to the Norwegian medical need clause?: lessons for current debates in EU pharmaceutical regulation
Brooks, E., Geyer, R. 05/2016 In: Sociology of Health and Illness. 38, 4, p. 576-591. 16 p.
Can a medical need clause help manage the growing costs of prescription drugs in the EU?
Brooks, E., Geyer, R. 04/2016 In: Health Economics, Policy and Law. 11, 2, p. 179-192. 14 p.
Introducing complexity and policy: where we are now
Geyer, R., Cairney, P. 06/2015 In: Handbook on complexity and public policy. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar ISBN: 9781782549512.
Where does complexity and policy go from here?
Geyer, R., Cairney, P. 06/2015 In: Handbook on complexity and public policy. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar ISBN: 9781782549512.
Handbook on complexity and public policy
Geyer, R., Cairney, P. 05/2015 Cheltenham : Edward Elgar. 496 p. ISBN: 9781782549512.
Complex processes and social systems: a synergy of perspectives
Geyer, R., Large, D., Sice, P., O'Brien, G., Mansi, S. 2015 In: International Journal of Systems and Society.
Islamic development thinking after the global financial crisis: shaking the “consensus” or mimicking it
Geyer, R., Royle, S. 2014 In: Journal on Policy and Complex Systems. 1, 2, p. 42-59. 18 p.
The complexity of GP commissioning: setting GPs ‘free to make decisions for their patients’ or ‘the bravest thing’ that GPs will ever do
Geyer, R. 1/01/2013 In: Clinical Governance: An International Journal. 18, 1, p. 49-57. 9 p.
Introducing complexity to public policy (translated into Chinese)
Geyer, R. 2013
From DTCA-PD to Patient Information to Health Information: the complex politics and semantics of EU health policy
Brooks, E., Geyer, R. 12/2012 In: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 18, 6, p. 1235-1240. 6 p.
Can complexity move UK policy beyond 'evidence-based policy making' and the 'audit culture? Applying a 'complexity cascade' to education and health policy
Geyer, R. 03/2012 In: Political Studies. 60, 1, p. 20-43. 24 p.
The politics of EU health policy and the case of direct-to-consumer advertising for prescription drugs
Geyer, R. 11/2011 In: British Journal of Politics and International Relations. 13, 4, p. 586-602. 17 p.
Applying the tools of complexity to the international realm: from fitness landscapes to complexity cascades
Geyer, R., Pickering, S. 03/2011 In: Cambridge Review of International Affairs. 24, 1, p. 5-26. 21 p.
Complexity and Public Policy: A New Approach to 21st Century Politics, Policy and Society
Geyer, R., Rihani, S. 2010 London : Routledge. 224 p. ISBN: 9780415556620.
The Strengths and Limits of New Forms of EU Governance: The Cases of Mainstreaming and Impact Assessment in EU Public Health and Sustainable Development Policy
Geyer, R., Lightfoot, S. 2010 In: Journal of European Integration. 32, 4, p. 339-356. 18 p.
What can Complexity Do for Diabetes Management: Linking Theory to Practice
Cooper, H., Geyer, R. 08/2009 In: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 15, 4, p. 761-765. 5 p.
Using ‘complexity’ for improving educational research in health care
Cooper, H., Geyer, R. 2008 In: Social Science and Medicine. 67, 1, p. 177-182. 6 p.
Complexity, Science and Society
Bogg, J., Geyer, R. 2007 In: Complexity, Science and Society. Oxford : Radcliffe Publishing Ltd. 176 p. ISBN: 978-1846192036.
Riding the Diabetes Rollercoaster: A Patient and Carers Guide
Cooper, H., Geyer, R. 2007 Oxford : Radcliffe Publishing Ltd.. 112 p. ISBN: 978-1846190452.
Integrating UK and European Social Policy: The Complexity of Europeanization.
Geyer, R.R. 2005 Radcliffe. 220 p. ISBN: 1857757645.
Complexity and interprofessional care.
Cooper, H., Braye, S., Geyer, R. 12/2004 In: Learning in Health and Social Care. 3, 4, p. 179-189. 11 p.
Globalization, Europeanization, Complexity and the Future of Scandinavian Exceptionalism.
Geyer, R.R. 1/10/2003 In: Governance. 16, 4, p. 559-576. 18 p.
Beyond the Third Way: the science of complexity and the politics of choice.
Geyer, R.R. 1/05/2003 In: British Journal of Politics and International Relations. 5, 2, p. 237-257. 21 p.
European Integration, the Problem of Complexity and the Revision of Theory.
Geyer, R. 03/2003 In: Journal of Common Market Studies. 41, 1, p. 15-35. 21 p.
Britain in the European Union.
Geyer, R. 2003 In: New developments in British social policy. London : Palgrave
EU social policy, euro-federalism, and complexity theory.
Geyer, R. 2003 In: Evolving federalisms : the intergovernmental balance of power in America and Europe. Syracuse, N.Y. : Campbell Public Affairs Institute
Can mainstreaming save EU social policy?
Geyer, R. 2002 In: European economic and politics issues. New York : Nova Science Publishers
Can European Union (EU) Social NGOs Co-operate to Promote EU Social Policy.
Geyer, R.R. 07/2001 In: Journal of Social Policy. 30, 3, p. 477-493. 17 p.
Complexity : a new framework for development theory.
Rihani, S., Geyer, R. 07/2001 In: Progress in Development Studies. 1, 3, p. 237-245. 9 p.
The state of European Union social policy.
Geyer, R. 09/2000 In: Policy Studies. 21, 3, p. 245-261. 17 p.
Can mainstreaming save EU social policy?
Geyer, R. 2000 In: Current Politics and Economics of Europe. 10, 2
Exploring European social policy.
Geyer, R. 2000 Oxford : Polity Press. 257 p. ISBN: 0745619312.
Gloablization, Europeanization, and the end of Scandinavian social democracy?
Geyer, R., Ingebritsen, C., Moses, J. 2000 London : Macmillan. 265 p. ISBN: 033372710X.
Geyer, R., Ingebritsen, C., Moses, J. 2000 In: Globalization, Europeanization, and the end of Scandinavian social democracy?. Basingstoke : Palgrave 265 p. ISBN: 033372710X.
Just say NO! Norwegian social democrats and Europeanization.
Geyer, R. 2000 In: Globalization, Europeanization, and the end of Scandinavian social democracy?. Basingstoke : Palgrave 265 p. ISBN: 033372710X.
Can EU social policy save the exclusion unit and vice versa?
Geyer, R. 09/1999 In: Politics. 19, 3, p. 159-164. 6 p.
Globalisation and the (non) defence of the welfare state.
Geyer, R. 07/1998 In: West European Politics. 21, 3, p. 77-102. 26 p.
Rejecting the EU : Norwegian social democratic opposition to the EU in the 1990s.
Geyer, R., Swank, D. 10/1997 In: Party Politics. 3, 4, p. 549-562. 14 p.
A European success story? the development and impact of the European works council directive.
Geyer, R., Springer, B. 1997 In: The State of the European Union. Boulder, Colo. : Lynne Rienner
EU social policy in the 1990s: does Maastricht matter?
Geyer, R. 1997 In: Journal of European Integration. 20, 1, p. 5-33. 29 p.
The uncertain union : British and Norwegian social democrats in an integrating Europe.
Geyer, R. 1997 Aldershot : Ashgate. 229 p. ISBN: 185972504X.
Traditional Norwegian social democracy and the rejection of the EU : a troublesome victory.
Geyer, R. 1997 In: Scandinavian Studies. 69, 3
Defying conventional wisdom: political opposition to economic integration in Canada and Denmark
Geyer, R., Ayres, J. 11/1995 In: Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics. 33, 3, p. 377-399. 23 p.
Globalization and the crisis of social democracy : explaining the development of British and Norwegian Labour parties' EU policies in the 1980s and 1990s.
Geyer, R. 1995 In: New Political Science. 17, 1, p. 105-124. 20 p.
Socialism and the EC after Maastricht : from classic to new model European social democracy
Geyer, R. 1993 In: The State of the European Community. Boulder, Colo. : Lynne Rienner
The European Community and the modernization of social democracy.
Geyer, R. 1993 In: Nation or integration? Perspectives on Europe in the 1990s. Aalborg, Denmark : Aalborg University Press
Democratic socialism and the EC: the British case
Geyer, R. 1992 In: Journal of European Integration. 16, 1, p. 5-27. 23 p.
EFs Sosialpolitikk etter Maastricht : mot en europeisk velferdsstat. (EC social policy after Maastricht : towards a European welfare state?
Geyer, R. 1992 In: Internasjonal Politikk . 3
Can complexity improve european health policy
01/02/2009 → 31/12/2009
Re-establishing the Richardson Institute
01/01/1900 → …
The Politics of Complexity in the UK
American Political Science Association Annual Conference
Participation in conference
Can Pragmatism Help Make Complexity Simple?
Can Complexity Improve Public Policy?
Managing Diabetes: working with local government
Thinking about Complexity and Policy
The Crisis in the European Union and UK membership
Implications for complexity on Chinese public policy
Complexity thinking and complexity policy-making
Developing Public Health Research in Europe
The Complexity of GP Commissioning
Managing Departmental Mergers in Higher Education