Claes Andersson

Senior forskare at Department of Energy and Environment, Physical Resource Theory

My group, which consist of myself, Petter Törnberg and Anton Törnberg, works to develop new ways of understanding the evolution of societal systems. We work on several levels – from specific case studies up to basic concept, model and method development. The basis for our work is the realization that innovation is usefully describable on the highly abstract level of “innovation in complex adaptive systems”. In other words there are features of systems under adaptive transformation that appear to be common to just about any instance: animal culture, early hominin culture, modern culture and biological organic evolution. Darwinism (or more generally “population thinking”) has since long been the basis for such attempts, and Darwinism is a central element also of what we are doing. However we think that Darwinism needs to be scaffolded. Evolution – or innovation, whichever one prefers – is not fully reducible to the dynamics of populations. There is more to be told! There are stories that do not just emerge out of a microlevel dynamics. Without clear scale separation in these systems, the dynamics of generated higher levels of organization unfold on timescales that overlap with those on lower levels – there is in the general case no way to make a clear cut across cultural systems. We call such systems, and others like them, “Wicked Systems” (see Societal Systems: Complex or Worse below) – and to understand them we think we need a constructively critical attitude to current approaches in science, one where one takes care not to throw the baby out with the bathwater!Societal and biological systems have been described in ways that are compatible with our way of thinking for quite some time; not least lately in developmental evolutionary approaches to biology. But these efforts are scattered across very different disciplines and we think we can get a tremendous head start by combining such accounts. So we are working to produce a synthetic theory of innovation with an eye to two different, yet interestingly connected, areas: human evolution and innovation in modern societies. We are also working to develop a community interested in understanding “innovation in complex adaptive systems” more in general. For further information, please see "Additional information" below!

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Projects

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Publications

2016

Fidelity and the Speed of the Treadmill: The Combined Impact of Population Size, Transmission Fidelity, and Selection on the Accumulation of Cultural Complexity

Claes Andersson, Petter Törnberg,
American Antiquity. Vol. 81 (3), p. 576-590
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2016

The evolution of cultural complexity: Not by the treadmill alone

Claes Andersson, Dwight Read,
Current Anthropology. Vol. 57 (3), p. 261-286
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2015

Generative Entrenchment and transitions: an explicit model of systemic dependences and developmental histories (with the example of electrification)

Claes Andersson, Malte Rödl,
International Sustainability Transitions Conference 2015
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2014

Complexity Science and Sustainability Transitions

Claes Andersson,
Environmental Innovation and Sustainability Transitions. Vol. 11, p. 50-53
Scientific journal article - non peer reviewed
2014

A new perspective on innovation

Claes Andersson,
Report
2014

Societal Systems - Complex or worse?

Claes Andersson, Anton Törnberg, Petter Törnberg et al
Futures : The journal of policy, planning and futures studies. Vol. 63, p. 145-157
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2014

Group size and cultural complexity

Claes Andersson, Dwight Read,
Nature. Vol. 511 (7507), p. E1
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2014

Developing of the future: scaffolded Darwinism in societal evolution

Claes Andersson, Anton Törnberg, Petter Törnberg et al
Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Vol. 37 (4), p. 417-418
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2014

An evolutionary developmental approach to cultural evolution

Claes Andersson, Anton Törnberg, Petter Törnberg et al
Current Anthropology. Vol. 55 (2), p. 154-174
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2013

Fidelity and the emergence of stable and cumulative sociotechnical systems

Claes Andersson,
PaleoAnthropology. Vol. Accepterad
Journal/newspaper article
2011

Paleolithic Punctuations and Equilibria: Did Retention Rather Than Invention Limit Technological Evolution?

Claes Andersson,
PaleoAnthropology, p. 243-259
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2011

Splitting the replicator: generalized Darwinism and the place of culture in Nature

Claes Andersson,
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. Vol. 80 (3), p. 657-669
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2010

Inverse Ontomimetic Simulation: A Window on Complex Systems?

Claes Andersson,
Models and Simulations 4
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2008

Sophisticated selectionism as a general theory of knowledge

Claes Andersson,
Biology and Philosophy. Vol. 23 (2), p. 229-242
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2006

A complex networks approach to urban growth.

Claes Andersson, Koen Frenken, Alexander Hellervik et al
Environment and Planning A. Vol. 38, p. 1941-1964
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2006

The embryology of an urban growth model

Claes Andersson,
Proceedings of the Workshop on the Dynamics of Complex Urban Systems
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2005

A spatial network explanation for a hierarchy of urban power laws.

Claes Andersson, Alexander Hellervik, Kristian Lindgren et al
Physica A. Vol. 345 (227)
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2005

Urban Evolution

Claes Andersson,
Doctoral thesis
2004

Assessing the impact of temporal dynamics on land-use change modelling

Liu Xiaohang, Claes Andersson,
Computers, Environment and Urban Systems. Vol. 28, p. 124
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2003

The urban economy as a scale-free network

Claes Andersson, Anders Hagson, Alexander Hellervik et al
Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications. Vol. 345 (1), p. 227-244
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2003

The urban economy as a scale-free network.

Claes Andersson, Alexander Hellervik, Kristian Lindgren et al
Physical Review E. Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics. Vol. 68, p. 036124
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2002

Urban growth from "first principles".

Claes Andersson, Kristian Lindgren, Steen Rasmussen et al
Physical Review E. Vol. 67, p. 026204
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2002

Urban settlement transitions

Claes Andersson, Steen Rasmussen, R White et al
Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design. Vol. 29, p. 841-865
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
2001

Complex Systems in Urban Growth

Claes Andersson,
Licentiate thesis
2001

First exploration on the impact of temporal resolution on dynamic land use change modelling

Liu Xiaohang, Claes Andersson,
University Consortium of Geographical Information Science Summer Assembly 2001
Conference paper - peer reviewed
2000

Modeling cities: The Los Alamos urban security initiative

Grant Heiken, Greg A Valentine, Michael Brown et al
Public Works Management and Policy. Vol. 4 (3), p. 198-212
Scientific journal article - peer reviewed
1998

Evolving coupled map lattices for computation

Claes Andersson, Mats G Nordahl,
In Wolfgang Banzhaf, Ricardo Poli, Marc Schoenauer, and Terrence C. Fogarty (editors), Proceedings of the First European Workshop on Genetic Programming. Vol. 1391 (LNCS), p. 151-162, Springer Verlag
Chapter in monograph, book