Krista English (RES PhD Candidate) co-author of a chapter in the new Handbook of Research Methods in Complexity Science

Krista English (RES PhD Candidate) is a co-author of a chapter in the new minted Handbook of Research Methods in Complexity Science!

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“This comprehensive Handbook is aimed at both academic researchers and practitioners in the field of complexity science. The book’s 26 chapters, specially written by leading experts, provide in-depth coverage of research methods based on the sciences of complexity. The research methods presented are illustratively applied to practical cases and are readily accessible to researchers and decision makers alike.”


Krista English, MBA

PhD Candidate

I am a PhD Candidate with an interest in topics at the intersection of complex systems, health systems, knowledge translation (KT) and evidence-informed decision-making (EIDM), and their general relationship with organizational complexity and public health policy design.


My research generally falls under the interdisciplinary umbrella of complexity sciences. This has included examining transmission dynamics on social networks. Infectious diseases and knowledge translation alike are contagious phenomena, whose transmission pathways can be mapped using networks. Understanding the properties that facilitate or inhibit their spread have proven instrumental for EIDM in the areas of infectious diseases, global health, and health policy and systems research. This novel application enhances our understanding of the new metrics available which may facilitate knowledge flow for EIDM, improving organizational capacity in support of quality improvement, client care and systems transformation. Drs Babak Pourbohloul and Hadi Dowlatabadi co-supervise my work.


I have an MBA which focused on health care management and organizational behaviour, and more than a decade of experience in population and public health research and management. In addition, I served a 4-year-term as a Co-Director of a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre. I am currently a Senior Scientific Researcher and a Co-Investigator on a Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) multi-year operating grant.