CSH Webtalk by Shade Shutters: “From Panarchy to practice: A complexity approach to understanding urban resilience”

Feb 19, 2021 | 15:0016:00

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Shade Shutters (ASU) will present his online talk “From Panarchy to practice: A complexity approach to understanding urban resilience” within the seminar “Analysis of Complex Systems” on February 19, 2021 from 3–4 pm (CET) via Zoom.

If you would like to join the talk, please email  office@csh.ac.at


This talk will explore the ambiguous notion of “connectedness,” which, in the Panarchy framework, is one of the three dimensions through which complex systems move over time. This dimension is intimately linked with another dimension of complex systems – resilience. Thus, by measuring connectedness we can better understand and predict the resilience of complex systems.

But how does one measure, or even conceptualize the connectedness of a complex system?

Our approach is to use network theory, coupled with co-occurrence models from ecology, to elucidate and quantify the cryptic economic structures within cities. Taking that structure as a network we then develop a system-level measure of connectedness, which we find is positively correlated with both vulnerability and productivity of a city.

This network approach can further be used to develop a typology of cities based on their responses to shocks. One goal of this work is to deliver novel insights and models to economic planners and policy makers, particularly in areas of resilience, innovation, and future well-being.


Currently, Shade Shutters is a research scientist at the Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation at the Arizona State University. He completed a PhD in Biology at the ASU in 2009, followed by a postdoc in Applied Economics at the University of Vigo, Spain and a postdoc on complex systems (urban systems focus) at ASU.

His research mainly focuses on identifying and measuring interconnectivity in urban systems, more specifically investigating more “cryptic” phenomena such as information networks and economic interdependencies.


Feb 19, 2021


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