Gerald Midgley

Gerald Midgley (born c. 1960) is a British organizational theorist, professor of systems thinking, director of the Centre for Systems Studies at the University of Hull, and past president (2013-2014) of the International Society for the Systems Sciences. He is known for his work on "Systemic Intervention;"[1][2] which he defined as "purposeful action by an agent to create change in relation to reflection upon boundaries."[3]

Life and work

Midgley received his BA from London University, and his M.Phil and PhD from the City University London.[4]

From 1997 to 2003 Midgley was Director of the Centre for Systems Studies at the University of Hull. In 2003 he went to Australia to become Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland, and senior science leader at the Institute of Environmental Science and Research in New Zealand. In 2004 he also became Adjunct Professor at the Victoria University of Wellington, and in 2007 Adjunct Professor at the University of Canterbury. Since 2010 back in England he is Professor of systems thinking and again director of the Centre for Systems Studies at the University of Hull.[5]

Midgley's research interests are in the fields of philosophy, methodology and practice, especially in interrelationship between those three. With Michael Jackson, Robert L. Flood and Werner Ulrich he originated Critical systems thinking, and with Ulrich he developed the theory of boundary critique.[5]


Midgley authored and/or edited eleven books and over 300 papers. A selection:

Articles, a selection


  1. Jackson, Michael C.. Systems thinking: Creative holism for managers. Chichester: Wiley, 2003.
  2. Engeström, Yrjö, and Annalisa Sannino. "Studies of expansive learning: Foundations, findings and future challenges." Educational Research Review 5.1 (2010): 1-24.
  3. Midgley, G. (2000). Systemic Intervention: Philosophy, Methodology, and Practice. New York, NY: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.
  4. Gerald Midgley at Hull University Business School. Accessed Jan 26, 2013
  5. 1 2 Interview with systems thinker Gerald Midgley, at March 5, 2012. Accessed 18.05.2015.

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