This paper introduces a special issue of Complexity dedicated to the increasingly important element of complexity science that engages with social policy. We introduce and frame an emerging research agenda that seeks to enhance social policy by working at the interface between the social sciences and the physical sciences (including mathematics and computer science), and term this research area the 'social science interface' by analogy with research at the life sciences interface. We locate and exemplify the contribution of complexity science at this new interface before summarising the contributions collected in this special issue and identifying some common themes that run through them.
- social policy
- social science interface