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Causation in complex systems where human agency is in play (2023)
Journal Article
Byrne, D. (2023). Causation in complex systems where human agency is in play. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, https://doi.org/10.1080/13645579.2023.2173845

Conventional approaches to causation in the social sciences draw on approaches in the Philosophy of Science in which a causal force acts on cases and generates change in the form of events. This relies on just one of the Aristotelian conceptions of c... Read More about Causation in complex systems where human agency is in play.

Understanding Class in the Post-Industrial Era - Thoughts on Modes of Investigation (2020)
Journal Article
Byrne, D. S. (2020). Understanding Class in the Post-Industrial Era - Thoughts on Modes of Investigation. Frontiers in Sociology, 5, Article 39. https://doi.org/10.3389/fsoc.2020.00039

The essential character of social science is that is founded around an interaction between theoretical framings and empirical investigation. Class is one of the most salient framing concepts of the discipline, always central even if somewhat pushed i... Read More about Understanding Class in the Post-Industrial Era - Thoughts on Modes of Investigation.

The Statistics of Devolution (2019)
Book Chapter
Byrne, D. (2019). The Statistics of Devolution. In J. Evans, S. Ruane, & H. Southall (Eds.), Data in Society: Challenging Statistics in an Age of Globalisation (133-144). Policy Press

Researching Large Scale Complex Interventions (2018)
Book Chapter
Byrne, D. (2018). Researching Large Scale Complex Interventions. In N. Emmel, J. Greenhalgh, A. Manzano, M. Monaghan, & S. Dalkin (Eds.), Doing Realist Research. SAGE Publications

Explanation and Empirical Social Research (2016)
Book Chapter
Byrne, D. (2016). Explanation and Empirical Social Research. In L. McKie, & L. Ryan (Eds.), An End to the Crisis of Empirical Sociology. Routledge

Energy Systems and Energy Related Practices (2016)
Book Chapter
Byrne, D. (2016). Energy Systems and Energy Related Practices. In N. LaBanca (Ed.), Complex Systems and Social Practices in Energy Transitions (305-320). Springer Verlag

Evaluating Complex Social Interventions in a Complex World (2013)
Journal Article
Byrne, D. (2013). Evaluating Complex Social Interventions in a Complex World. Evaluation, 19(3), 217-228. https://doi.org/10.1177/1356389013495617

The social world is complex and emergent. Inquiry, directed towards establishing universal empirical regularities (i.e. nomothetic inquiry), cannot establish causality in such a world. We can never assign a causal effect to any intervention without a... Read More about Evaluating Complex Social Interventions in a Complex World.

Cluster Analysis (2012)
Book
Byrne, D., & Uprichard, E. (Eds.). (2012). Cluster Analysis. SAGE Publications

Useful Complex Causality (2012)
Book Chapter
Byrne, D., & Uprichard, E. (2012). Useful Complex Causality. In H. Kincaid (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Social Science

What is an effect? Coming at Causality Backwards. (2011)
Book Chapter
Byrne, D. (2011). What is an effect? Coming at Causality Backwards. In M. Williams, & W. Vogt (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Innovation in Social Research Methods (80-94). SAGE Publications

A Qualitative Comparative Analysis of Factors Associated with Narrowing Health Inequalities in England. (2011)
Journal Article
Blackman, T., Wistow, J., & Byrne, D. (2011). A Qualitative Comparative Analysis of Factors Associated with Narrowing Health Inequalities in England. Social Science & Medicine, 72(12), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.04.003

This study explores why progress with tackling health inequalities has varied among a group of local authority areas in England that were set targets to narrow important health outcomes compared to national averages. It focuses on premature deaths fr... Read More about A Qualitative Comparative Analysis of Factors Associated with Narrowing Health Inequalities in England..

Towards a new understanding of how local action can effectively address health inequalities. Report for the National Institute for Health Research Service Delivery and Organisation programme. (2011)
Report
Blackman, T., Wistow, J., & Byrne, D. (2011). Towards a new understanding of how local action can effectively address health inequalities. Report for the National Institute for Health Research Service Delivery and Organisation programme. National Institute for Health Research

Targets for narrowing health inequalities in England were adopted in 2001, with NHS Primary Care Trusts in ‘Spearhead’ local authority areas expected to narrow inequalities by 2010. Spearheads are the 20% of local authority areas with the poorest hea... Read More about Towards a new understanding of how local action can effectively address health inequalities. Report for the National Institute for Health Research Service Delivery and Organisation programme..