Claes Andersson

Senior forskare at Chalmers, Space, Earth 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!

Source: chalmers.se

Projects

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Publications

2016

The evolution of cultural complexity: Not by the treadmill alone

Claes Andersson, Dwight Read
Current Anthropology. Vol. 57 (3), p. 261-286
Journal article
2014

Societal Systems - Complex or worse?

Claes Andersson, Anton Törnberg, Petter Törnberg
Futures. Vol. 63, p. 145-157
Journal article
2014

Complexity Science and Sustainability Transitions

Claes Andersson
Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. Vol. 11, p. 50-53
Magazine article
2014

Group size and cultural complexity

Claes Andersson, Dwight Read
Nature. Vol. 511 (7507), p. E1-
Journal article
2014

Developing of the future: scaffolded Darwinism in societal evolution

Claes Andersson, Anton Törnberg, Petter Törnberg
Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Vol. 37 (4), p. 417-418
Journal article
2014

An evolutionary developmental approach to cultural evolution

Claes Andersson, Anton Törnberg, Petter Törnberg
Current Anthropology. Vol. 55 (2), p. 154-174
Journal article
2014

A new perspective on innovation

Claes Andersson
Report
2013

Fidelity and the emergence of stable and cumulative sociotechnical systems

Claes Andersson
PaleoAnthropology. Vol. Accepterad
Magazine article
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
Journal article
2010

Inverse Ontomimetic Simulation: A Window on Complex Systems?

Claes Andersson
Paper in proceedings
2008

Sophisticated selectionism as a general theory of knowledge

Claes Andersson
Biology and Philosophy. Vol. 23 (2), p. 229-242
Journal article
2006

The embryology of an urban growth model

Claes Andersson
Paper in proceedings
2006

A complex networks approach to urban growth.

Claes Andersson, Koen Frenken, Alexander Hellervik
Environment and Planning A. Vol. 38, p. 1941-1964
Journal article
2005

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

Claes Andersson, Alexander Hellervik, Kristian Lindgren
Physica A. Vol. 345 (227)
Journal article
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-
Journal article
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-
Journal article
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
Journal article
2002

Urban growth from "first principles".

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

Urban settlement transitions

Claes Andersson, Steen Rasmussen, R White
Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design. Vol. 29, p. 841-865
Journal article
2001

Complex Systems in Urban Growth

Claes Andersson
Licentiate thesis
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
Journal article
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 - peer reviewed