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Event: Luis Bettencourt: Cities as complex adaptive systems: The nexus between networks, information and socioeconomic change


NSF-NRT Interdisciplinary Training in Complex Networks and Systems



Friday, Jan 15th 2021 at 11:30 a.m.
https://iu.zoom.us/j/571267563


This talk is part of the NSF NRT Interdisciplinary Training in Complex Networks and Systems. Find the event details here.

Cities as complex adaptive systems: The nexus between networks, information and socioeconomic change

Where: https://iu.zoom.us/j/571267563

Abstract: Cities embody some of the most extreme examples of complexity in nature, being made up of interconnected people, socioeconomic organizations, politics, ecosystems and fantastically complicated engineered systems. How does all this work together? And why? What is the purpose of cities, especially in the clear light of their costs (think covid)?

This talk will provide an overview of recent progress in answering these questions through more integrated, empirical and scientific approaches to complex systems. In particular, I will emphasize general characteristics of multidimensional networked systems in the real world, whose function embodies processes of information encoding, learning and socioeconomic change, creating as a consequence certain structural signatures in built spaces and infrastructure. We will also use this perspective to discuss some challenges of local and global sustainable development looming ahead.

Bio: Luis M. A. Bettencourt is the Director of the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation at the University of Chicago and Professor of Ecology and Evolution at the College. He is also Associate Faculty and Special Friend of the Department of Sociology and External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. He conducts interdisciplinary research on complex adaptive systems and leads efforts in the areas of the science of cities. This research focuses on the identification of cities’ systemic processes and properties, as well as their local histories and contexts in identifying paths for a better quality of life, economic growth, and sustainable development. He works with international networks of researchers, local governments and NGOs to understand and systematize urban knowledge, and to create solutions to urban issues. His work is well-known academically and has been influential in developing new theory and empirical perspectives on cities and urbanization worldwide.

Bio: Luis M. A. Bettencourt is the Director of the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation at the University of Chicago and Professor of Ecology and Evolution at the College. He is also Associate Faculty and Special Friend of the Department of Sociology and External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. He conducts interdisciplinary research on complex adaptive systems and leads efforts in the areas of the science of cities. This research focuses on the identification of cities’ systemic processes and properties, as well as their local histories and contexts in identifying paths for a better quality of life, economic growth, and sustainable development. He works with international networks of researchers, local governments and NGOs to understand and systematise urban knowledge, and to create solutions to urban issues. His work is well-known academically and has been influential in developing new theory and empirical perspectives on cities and urbanisation worldwide.