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Martin Reynolds

Martin Reynolds

Senior Lecturer in Systems Thinking in Practice, The Open University, UK


Biographical Info: Dr Martin Reynolds is a consultant, researcher and Senior Lecturer in Systems Thinking in Practice at The Open University, UK. His teaching and research focus on issues of critical systems thinking in relation to environmental responsibility, business administration, and international development. He has published widely in these fields with many of his publications available on open access . He has been lead editor in two significant book publications:

• Reynolds, Martin and Holwell, Sue eds. (2010). Systems Approaches to Managing Change: A Practical Guide. London: Springer.
• Reynolds, Martin; Blackmore, Christine and Smith, Mark J. eds. (2009). The Environmental Responsibility Reader. London, UK: Zed Books and The Open University.
Some recent publications include:
• Reynolds, Martin; Forss, Kim; Hummelbrunner, Richard; Marra, Mita and Perrin, Burt (2012). Complexity, systems thinking and evaluation – an emerging relationship? Evaluation Connections: Newsletter of the European Evaluation Society pp. 7–9.
• Reynolds, Martin and Williams, Bob (2012). Systems thinking and equity-focused evaluations. In: Bamberger , Michael and Segone , Marco eds. Evaluation for equitable development results. New York: UNICEF.

Martin’s teaching involves contributing to the following postgraduate courses: Environmental Responsibility: ethics, policy and action (co-Chair); Thinking strategically: systems tools for managing change (Chair); Environmental Decision Making: A systems approach; Management Beyond the Mainstream (part of MBA programme); and Institutional Development: conflicts, values and meanings. Current research and scholarship activities include: collaboration with University of KwaZulu-Natal Leadership Centre and AWARD – a non-profit organisation based in South Africa – dealing with cooperative wetland management in Limpopo; ESRC-supported project on using critical systems heuristics for wetland management in Guyana; EPSRC – supported work on critical systems thinking for energy security, and Systems thinking and evaluation – designing and facilitating a series of workshops through auspices of American Evaluation Association and European Evaluation Association. He is a co-founding member of the Open Systems Research Group (OSRG).