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Dr Petia Sice

Associate Professor

Department: Computer and Information Sciences

EE Peitasice Staffprofile 255Petia holds a PhD in Systems and Complexity Thinking for Understanding Humans and Organisations. She is passionate about interpreting and applying insights from complexity theory for facilitating positive transformation in individuals and organisations. She is academic lead and facilitator of the Wellbeing, Complexity and Enterprise (WELCOME) interdisciplinary research group, Convenor of the UK EPSRC Systems Practice and Managing Complexity (SPMC) network, member of the advisory board of the Health for Humanity International Forum, and Senior Associate Editor of the International Journal of Systems and Society. Her research interests focus on exploring quintessential insights and synergies between quantum physics, systems and complexity sciences, interpersonal neurobiology and the arts, and how these may inform a new paradigm of thinking in wellbeing and lead to new applications of technology.

Petia Sice is a Reader in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences, specialising in Wellbeing Informatics. This is a term that she first proposed in an article for the international conference on the Challenges of Delivering Sustainable Development Goals and the role of Systems Thinking and Practice, Bristol, 2015.

The theories of informatics have evolved from the study of information as an abstract object (Shannon, 1963) to the recognition of the irreducibility of human experience, from the duality portrayed by the embodiment and the situatedness of the human agent in the theory of autopoiesis and interpersonal neurobiology; and to the acceptance of the concept of emergence and coherence from complexity sciences, as relevant to understanding information and communication (Maturana and Varela, 1980; Sice, 2004; Siegel, 2010; Mitchell, 2012).

At the same time research into human flourishing, mindfulness and mindsight, suggests that effective and sustainable information and communication environments are only possible when wellbeing: physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual, is taken into consideration (Post, 2005; Seligman, 2005; Siegel, 2007; Williams 2012). There is a need for trans disciplinary research to study and understand information and communication from the perspective of wellbeing and to use our understanding in the design and evaluation of information and communication environments. We define this field of study Wellbeing Informatics (Sice, 2015, forthcoming).


  • Education PCAP July 15 2002
  • PhD June 30 1997
  • Computer Studies MSc July 15 1992
  • Information Science MSc July 15 1985
  • Engineering BEng July 25 1983
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2015

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • MIKE: Management, Information and Knowledge Ecology, Sice, P., Thirkle, S., Ogwu, S. 2018, In: International Journal of Systems and Society
  • Ontology, epistemology and the complexity of human neurobiology, Sice, P., Bentley, E., Rauch, L. 18 Aug 2018, In: Human Systems Management
  • Exploring Mindsight via Email Communication in Learning Environment, Ogwu, S., Keogh, S., Sice, P. 26 Oct 2017, Proceedings of the 16th European Conference on eLearning (ECEL 2017), Reading, Academic Conferences and Publishing International
  • The Embodied Nurse: Interdisciplinary knowledge exchange between compassionate nursing and recent developments in embodied leadership studies, Koya, K., Anderson, J., Sice, P. 20 Jul 2017, In: Journal of Advanced Nursing
  • An enactive perspective on comprehending leadership: a comparative case study approach, Koya, K., Sice, P., Rauch, L. 26 Sep 2016, In: Human Systems Management
  • Assessment of the co-creative process, Vyas, P., Young, R., Sice, P., Spencer, N. 27 Jun 2016, In: Proceedings of DRS 2016, Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference.
  • Evaluating the Possibilities and Actualities of the Learning Process: How a School Pilot Wellbeing Programme Worked as an Organisational Learning Process Intervention, Anderson, J., Sice, P. 11 Apr 2016, In: The Learning Organization
  • Virtual collaborative research communication the impact of mindsight, Ogwu, S., Keogh, S., Sice, P. Oct 2016
  • Attributes of Embodied Leadership: A beginning in the next chapter of leadership development, Koya, K., Anderson, J., Sice, P., Kotter, R. Dec 2015, In: Human Systems Management
  • Complex processes and complex systems: a synergy of perspectives, Large, D., Sice, P., O'Brien, G., Mansi, S. 2015, In: International Journal of Systems and Society

PGR Supervision

  • Suzannah Ogwu An Exploratory Study of the Application of Mindsight in Virtual Communication: The Case of Email Start: 13/10/2014
  • Steven Thirkle Start: 01/12/2017
  • Paras Patel Development And Application Of An Integrative Framework For The Evaluation Of Wellbeing Start: 01/02/2015
  • NGOC PHUNG Start: 12/03/2014


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