Mission Statement & Goals
The mission of the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study is "to advance the knowledge
frontiers of pure and applied social science, by using and developing
computational and interdisciplinary approaches that yield new insights
into the fundamental nature of social phenomena at all levels of social
complexity-from cognitive networks to the world system."
"Pure and applied social science" means both theoretical science and
policy analysis. The Center subscribes to the philosophy of exploiting
synergistic interactions between purely theoretical and applied policy
research. Pure research and problem-oriented research can often profit
from each other. The benefits of the pure-applied synergy have been amply
demonstrated in the history of the social sciences (e.g., learning, human
factors, organizations, governance, conflict resolution, peacekeeping),
as well as in the life sciences and the physical sciences.
The Center for Social Complexity at George Mason University aspires
to contribute as a scholarly collaboratory of excellence, discovery, and
invention, pursuing the highest standards, and functioning as an active,
cutting-edge leader and participant in the emerging international computational
social science community.
The Center seeks opportunities for developing collaborative scientific
relations with other centers, as well as with individual scholars dedicated
to the advancement of computational social science and allied initiatives.