APOLLO Social Science Podcast
APOLLO Social Science Podcast
Systems Theory, Dialectical Critical Realism, and Boundary Spanning (Sophie Spitters)
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Systems Theory, Dialectical Critical Realism, and Boundary Spanning

 Episode

In this episode we talk to Sophie Spitters. She is a Research Associate in the APOLLO Social Science team at Queen Mary University London, and will soon be taking up a new role within the interdisciplinary Birmingham, RAND and Cambridge Evaluation (BRACE) Centre at the University of Birmingham. She speaks about her journey from physics to psychology to the social sciences, and explains three ideas that have influenced her work and thinking. 

Timestamps

  • 00:00:00 Podcast introduction
  • 00:00:53 Sophie’s academic journey
  • 00:05:00 Idea 1: General System Theory
  • 00:17:16 Idea 2: Dialectical Critical Realism
  • 00:31:25 Idea 3: Boundary spanning
References
 
Von Bertalanffy, L. (1950). An outline of general system theory. The British Journal for the Philosophy of science, 1(2), 134-165.
 
 
French, C. E. (2016). Bench to Bedside? Boundary Spanning in Academic Health Science Centres, University College London, London (UK).

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