Ana Teixeira de Melo


Ana Teixeira de Melo is researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra in the research group POSTRADE. She was awarded a PhD in Clinical Psychology, by the University of Coimbra, and the title of Specialist in Clinical Psychology, with Advanced Specialty in Community Psychology, by the Portuguese Order of Psychologists. Her main research focus is on processes of human flourishing and well-being, positive change and development and resilience, in Families and Communities, especially targeting contexts of multiple risks and challenges and of child protection and promotion. She adopts a Systems and Complexity-Informed approach to the study of Family Processes. She investigates Love (Love-Force) as an emergent relational force, from a complex systems perspective and its role as a key human resilience and flourishing process. She has conducted action-based and applied research focused on the development, implementation and evaluation of models, resources and tools for family assessment and intervention. She is interested in the field of Complexity studies from a theoretical, methodological and applied point of view, in relation to processes of change in complex systems. Her research aims at the development and evaluation of theoretical models, resources and strategies for the practice of 'Complex Thinking' applied to the management of change in complex systems, particularly social human systems, in the coupling with their environments. She explores the implications of a Complexity paradigm to understanding human experiences and managing individual and collective modes of Relating and our understanding of the nature of relations in constructing transformative realities. Additionally, her work encompasses themes related to Interdisciplinary Methodologies and Methods and Inter/Transdisciplinarity processes, in relation to scientific creativity and abductive modes of knowing, and other themes of the Philosophy of Sciences (e.g. Epistemologies). She is an elected member of the Executive Committee (2020-2023) and of the Council (2019-2022) of the Complex Systems Society, Academic Editor of the journal Complexity (from 2021) and Associate, since 2016, of the York Cross-Disciplinary Centre for Systems Analysis, where she was a visiting academic (2016-2018).

Latest Publications

Article in Scientific journal

Melo, Ana Teixeira de (2021), "Reflections on Methodological Congruence in Systems and Complexity-Informed Research; Comment on "What Can Policy-Makers Get Out of Systems Thinking? Policy Partners' Experiences of a Systems-Focused Research Collaboration in Preventive Health".", International Journal of Health Policy and Management,, 10, 6, 347-350

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Melo, Ana Teixeira de (2020), Performing complexity: Building Foundations for the Practice of Complex Thinking. Springer International Publishing

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Book Chapter

Melo, Ana Teixeira de; Caves, Leo Simon Dominic (2020), Complex Systems of Knowledge Integration: A Pragmatic Proposal for Coordinating and Enhancing Inter/Transdisciplinarity, in Adamatzky A., Kendon V. (org.), From Astrophysics to Unconventional Computation. Emergence, Complexity and Computation, vol. 35. Springer, Cham, 337-362

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