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Nathalie Mezza-Garcia

Thesis Topic: The Floating Island Project. Self-organizing libertarian and anarchic human settlements from a complexity science perspective

Supervisors: Nathaniel Tkacz and Emma Uprichard

My Research

I study "utopian" techno-anarchies through the lenses of complexity science. That is, how technologies -such as floating platforms, open source, the internet of things, artificial intelligence and virtual reality- are involved in the self-organization of anarchic and libertarian human communities and settlements. My case study is the Seasteading Institute´s Floating Island Project in French Polynesia.

On the broader context in which the Floating Island Project is immersed, I look at the overall tendency of micronations and start-up cities, which expands beyond seasteading to other types pf spaces. That is, on Earth, on the sea, onlife (virtual reality worlds); and in space such as orbital human colonies, moonsteading and marsteading.

Looking at these types of human settlements allows me to address problems around governance, freedom, surveillance, inequality and control in increasingly interconnected and disconnected scenarios.

The goal of my research is study to how complexity-based, open, interactive, automatised and heterarchical systems of decision-making can provide harmony-seeking interactions in human settlements, between humans and other species and without any central control. I´m funded by Fundación CEIBA.


Maldonado, C.E. & Mezza-Garcia, N. (2016). Anarchy and Complexity. Emergence: Complexity & Organization. 18(1) .

Mezza-Garcia, N., & Maldonado, C. E. (2015). Critica_al_control_jerarquico_de_los_regimenes_politicos: Complejidad y Topología.pdf (PDF Document). Revista Desafíos , 27 (1), 121-158. ISSN: 0124-4035.

Mezza-Garcia, N., Froese, T., & Fernández, N. Reflections on the Complexity of Ancient Social Heterarchies: Toward New Models of Social Self-Organization in Pre-Hispanic Colombia (PDF Document) Journal of Sociocybernetics, 12 (1/2), 2014.

Mezza-Garcia, N. (2014). Towards a World without Nation-States (Hacia un Mundo sin Estados-Nación). Periódico Desde Abajo. April/May. (

Mezza-Garcia, N. (2014). Qué tan Atípica es la Situación de Crimea. Periódico El Nuevo Siglo.(PDF Document) April.

Maldonado, C. E., & Mezza-Garcia, N. (2014). Introduciendo la Complejidad en Política y Relaciones Internacionales Complejidad en Politica y Relaciones Internacionales (PDF Document). Bogotá: Universidad del Rosario. ISSN: 1692-8113.

Mezza-Garcia, N. (2013). Bio-Inspired Political Systems: Opening a Field.(PDF Document) In T. Gilbert, M. Kirkilionis, & G. Nicolis (Ed.), Proceedings of the European Conference on Complex Systems 2012 (pp. 785-812). Springer.

Mezza-Garcia, N. (2013). Self-Organized Sociopolitical Interactions as the Best Way to Achieve Organized Patterns in Human Social Systems: Going beyond the Top-Down Control of Classical Political Regimes.(PDF Document) Undergraduate dissertation, Universidad del Rosario.

Mezza-Garcia, N. (2006). El Libro del Deseo. Periódico San Victorino. Bogotá: April/May.


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Undergraduate Defense: Introducing Sociopolitical Self-Organisation



Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies
University of Warwick