Brain and circuitry
23 March 2021

Thinking in Networks


Thinking in Networks (TIN)

Project Leader

Karena Kyne


Project Administrator and Researchers

Kate Hall and Anna Dyson


To produce material from multiple sites of observation, to then design a “Practitioner Led Learning Assemblage” that foregrounds everyday practices, to address the challenge of legitimizing tacit knowledge performed in the field, and strengthen the practitioner voice in the academic environment with a broad aim to generate an educational platform that reinforces and formalize existing and new networks


To collaboratively design a “Practitioner Led Learning Assemblage” in order to emphasise practitioner experience of ‘what works’ when conducting a joint mission, in an effort to capture the inventive deliberations and decision making achieved when working closely within a mission-critical context across a range of diverse people, geographies, doctrine and commitments. In turn, generating an educational program that reinforces and formalizes existing and new networks


Developing practitioner-led research by facilitating individual vignettes in a reflexive design process, in order to wrestle with the tensions between theories of defence and security and practitioner experience to generate iterative design methodologies that can be recontextualised into projects or joint operations


Bridging the Gap for Joint Operation Resilience: “Practitioner Led Learning Assemblage”

TIN’s research on tacit knowledge and the tension between theory and practice in the domain of security projects and joint operations, generates an iterative theoretical scaffolding upon which practitioner vignettes can be represented. The anomalies and tensions that surface as a result of the distance between theoretical rigour and practitioner experience, can be used to rethink and legitimize tacit knowledge in relation to defence methodology

Building the Infrastructure for Joint Operation Resilience: “Physical Infrastructure Project”

Defence and security organizations and projects are interested in ‘what works,’ and academics are interested in developing critical thinking skills and advancing ideas. To this end TIN will develop a way to foreground anomalies in order to expose and include practitioner processes and ideas that challenges knowledge production. This process will be used to facilitate relevant and adaptable theoretical thinking that accounts for less visible practices so as to then design a physical infrastructure that can be used in a mission-critical environment. The physical infrastructure will be led by need, and context. TIN will be subject to established methodological and ethical guidelines

Building Self-Generated Coevolving Networks: “Thinking in Networks”

TIN is interested in new ways of thinking about defence challenges by drawing on existing informal skills and collaboratively tease out some loosely formulated theoretical scaffolding to form a complimentary assemblage of ‘knowledge’ that informs theory. The process of exposing deliberations and contextually derived practices generates transformative ideas and demands a retreat from the pre-existing tendency in academia to produce theory that is unfamiliar to the practitioner. The aim is to propel teams, units and individuals into co-dependent terrains of thought that recognize each other. TIN is committed to the idea that newly visible practices, produces new contexts from which to tackle complex defence and security challenges