This project will provide interventions aimed at promoting complex thinking in both scientific and practice contexts, built from an integrative theoretical framework for complex thinking that will provide the foundations for future research. The novelty of the theory lies, to a great extent, in its integrative and transdisciplinary character, in the added understanding and in the possibilities for action that derive from its applications. It will draw from contributions in a variety of disciplines and have applications in a variety of domains. Additionally, the framework will provide clear indicators of dimensions and processes involved in complex thinking so they can be intentionally targeted and evaluated through a variety of strategies. By engaging with experts in different domains, and relating to contexts of practice, the project will develop tools and strategies for support applied complex thinking in basic and applied research. The project aims at developing pragmatically relevant theory with a clear focus on practice i.e. interventions aiming at positive change in complex systems. To achieve this, it will adopt an co-evolutionary approach, where theory and tool developments will recursively feedback on each other to promote fitness.
The project comprises a core team with particular domain (biological complexity; complex systems; family systems; change processes; interpersonal relationships; interdisciplinarity) and methodological (quantitative, qualitative, computational) expertise, and a team of expert consultants from different relevant domains (e.g. management/organisations; social justice and equality; poverty; well-being and global development; environmental changes; teaching/learning; evaluation; modelling complex systems). The core team has experience and in developing theoretical and practice strategies (including e.g. facilitation) to promote positive interdisciplinarity. They will immerse themselves into the literature of different disciplines, exploring themes related to complex thinking, and through critical reflection and synthesis, develop an integrative interdisciplinary framework for complex thinking. By affording periods of intensive, face-to-face pair work, this project will allow the core team to create a rich environment for the emergence of the kind of imaginative  and abductive leaps [18, 19] that lead to true scientific innovation and theoretical advance. They will use their expertise to build conditions for productive and creative interdisciplinary dialogue. Meetings and other interactions with expert consultants will play several key roles: providing advice on critical literature and practice references in their domains and feedback on the relevance and utility of the theoretical and pragmatic outputs. Experts will also be identified to participate in a series of surveys, interviews, Focus Groups and workshops, and form a reflecting team, offering insight on new perspectives and possibilities to be explored.