Scientific Outputs

Publications (peer reviewed)

  • Melo. A. T. (2020). Performing complexity. Building foundations for the practice of complex thinking. Springer. More on the book

  • Melo, A. T., Caves, L. S. D., Dewitt, A., Clutton, E., Macpherson, R. & Garnett, P. (2019). Thinking (in) Complexity: (In)definitions and (mis)conceptions. Systems Research and Behavioral Science. Link

  • Caves, L., & Melo, A. T. (2018). (Gardening) Gardening: A relational framework for complex thinking about complex systems. In Walsh, R., & Stepney, S. (Eds.), (2018). Narrating complexity (pp. 149-196). London: Springer. Link

Other Publications (reports, methods and technical documents, etc)

  • Campos, R., Melo, A. T., Caves, L, Garnett, P. (2021). CES Winter School 2020. ‘Sustainable development, complexity and change: thinking and practices for the SDG and other objectives’. Descriptive and evaluation summary report. Coimbra: Centro de Estudos Sociais. Doi: 10.13140/RG.2.2.27326.61766/1

  • Melo, A. T. (2020). Complex relational thinking method. A proposal for facilitating the emergence and integration of ideas in debates, round-table discussions and dialogical meetings. V3.EN.2020. Doi: 10.13140/RG.2.2.17185.02408

  • Melo. A. T. & Caves, L. S. (2020). Relational thinking for emergence: A methodology for guided discussions. v1.2019. Link

  • Melo. A. T. (2020). Método de pensamento relacional complexo para facilitação da emergência e integração de ideias em debates, tertúlias e outros encontros dialógicos. Link


  • Melo, A. T. & Caves, L. S. D. C. (2021). Oral presentation titled: “Outreach in Complexity Studies for Transforming ‘Everyday’ Modes of Thinking: The Complex Thinking Academy” [online], 29 October 2021, at the Conference on Complex Systems, 2021, 25-29 October, Lyon and online, by organisation of the Complex Systems Society. Available at:

  • Melo. A. T. (2021). Poster presentation "Promoting Complexity in Scientific and Interdisciplinary Group Discussion: Development of the ‘Relatoscopes’ and ‘Observatron’ methods", [online] 25 October 2021, at the Conference on Complex Systems 2021, 25-29 October, Lyon and online. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.11203.32806

  • Melo, A. T. (2021). Oral presentation titled “Conceptualisating and designing (Co)Augmented Intelligence(s) enacting Complex Thinking: reflecting on the morphological constraints, challenges and implications”, 16th September 2021, at 4th International Workshop on Morphological Computing - MORCOM 2021, integrated in the 2021 Summit of the International Society for the Study of Information, September 12-19, 2021, online. Video available here.

  • Melo, A. T. (2021). Oral presentation [keynote] titled “How complex is your thinking? Challenging complexity in complexity science”, at Complex Systems Seminar, Weekly Summer Series, by organisation of Complex Systems India in collaboration with the Complex Systems Society, 4th August 2021, online

  • Melo, A. T, Caves, L. S. D., Campos, R, (2021). Facilitation of the Workshop-Demonstration titled “As Academias do Pensamento Complexo como atividades de extensão científica e laboratório de transformação” [The complex thinking academies as scientific extension activities and laboratories of transformation], 1h30m, workshop, 25th June, at the Congress of Science Communication, SciCOMPT, “Old challenges new threats: Fighting uncertainty and misinformation”, 23-25 June 2021, online.

  • Melo, A. T. (2021). Oral presentation titled “From research to practice: qualitative methods for complex thinking in 'real-world' interventions", presented at 5th World Conference on Qualitative Research (WCQR2021), 20 to 22 January, online, by organisation of the University of Barcelona and Ludomedia.

  • Melo, A. T. (2020), Performance et relationnalité dans la pratique de la pensée complexe: apports d'une approache énactive. Oral presentation (keynote) at the “Semináire international L'énaction: réflexiones et pistes méthodologiques”, with the presentation titled “”, online event, 11 December 2020, by organisation of the Université de Montréal,

  • Melo, A. T. (2020). Managing complexity through the complexity of our thinking: Key research questions and challenges to the development of a meta-heuristic. Poster presentation at the Conference on Complex Systems 2020 (CCS2020), online, 7 December 2020. Doi: 10.13140/RG.2.2.12676.14720

  • Melo, A. T., Caves, L. S. D., Garnett, P. & Campos, R. (2020). Building Foundations for Complex Thinking: A call for inter/transdisciplinary collaborations. Poster presentation at the Conference on Complex Systems 2020 (CCS2020), online, 8 December 2020. Doi: 10.13140/RG.2.2.14353.86880

  • Melo, A. T. & Caves, L. (2019). Oral presentation titled, “Complex Thinking and Emergence", comunicação, delivered at The Second International TRANSIT Workshop on Cross-disciplinary Research: Emergence, University of York, United Kingdom, 27 a 28 de Março.