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Nathalie Mezza-Garcia

Thesis Topic: Governance and Complexity in The Floating Island Project.

Supervisors: Nathaniel Tkacz and Emma Uprichard

My Research

Through the lenses of complexity science, my research focuses on the Floating Island Project, an assembled floating city that will be constructed on the ocean in Tahiti in French Polynesia, led by the libertarian think tank Seasteading Institute and the French Polynesian government.

The Floating Island is part of the tendency for creating startup cities and micronations, which are small entities organized as autonomous regulatory frameworks, public/private partnerships, partial political independence or Special Economic Zones. Likewise, it is part of the serious engagements with creating new human settlements with political, economic and technological dimensions shaped after peculiar relations with the physical space, among which we can include plans for colonizing Mars, developing underwater habitats, entering virtual reality worlds, building orbital settlements and, of course, seasteading: mobile detachable cities on the sea.

I center my attention on the implications of the Floating Island Project in the complexification of global politics brought by new forms of political settlements in the XXIst Century, as new political entities emerge and current ones evolve. That is, I study processes of self-organization, nestedness and emergence in the Floating Island Project. Doing so allows me to theorize on interactive information processing in the Floating Island and heterarchical structures. For this I drag my attention to the legal, economic and environmental aspects framing the Floating Island Project.

I´m funded by Fundación CEIBA.

I´m part of the Global Team of Blue Frontiers.


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