Complex Systems Science and Community-Based Research

A Scoping Review Protocol

  • Travis Robert Moore UW-Madison
  • Helena VonVille
  • Winnie Poel
  • Glory Dee A. Romo
  • Ian Lim
  • Robert W.S. Coulter
Keywords: complex systems science, systems science, community systems dynamics, community-based research, scoping review protocol


There is an abundance of community-based research literature that incorporates complex system science concepts and techniques. However, currently there is a gap in how these concepts and techniques are being used, and, more broadly, how these two fields complement one another. The debate on how complex systems science meaningfully bolsters the deployment of community-based research has not yet reached consensus, therefore, we present a protocol for a new scoping review that will identify characteristics at the intersection of community-based research and complex systems science. This knowledge will enhance the understanding of how complex systems science, a quickly evolving field, is being utilized in community-based research and practice.

Author Biographies

Helena VonVille

Helena Vonville, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Winnie Poel

Winnie Poel, Institute for Theoretical Biology, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

Glory Dee A. Romo

Glory Dee A. Romo, School of Management, University of the Philippines Mindanao, Philippines

Ian Lim

Ian Lim, Housing & Development Board, Singapore, Singapore

Robert W.S. Coulter

Robert W.S. Coulter, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Study Protocols