CSH Workshop: “Cities as complex systems”

Jun 20, 2022Jun 21, 2022

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This CSH workshop is organized by CSH External Faculty member Diego Rybski (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research) and Fabiano L. Ribeiro (University of Lavras/Brazil).


The event is open to the scientific public. Attendees are kindly requested to register via email.


Please find the workshop agenda here.




Cities and urban systems represent an interesting object to be studied by physics and complex systems researchers. As they combine tangible physical appearance (infrastructure) with intangible human activities (socio-economic dynamics), they exhibit a particularly high degree of complexity in space and time.


This workshop is dedicated to themes that are either under-researched or not well embedded among each other. As cities are spatial objects, they have been studied by geography and planning disciplines for a long time. However, the complexity understanding only started surpassing a fractal description.


The analogy of the city as an organism has a long history, but empirical analysis shows that scaling properties are different from metabolic systems. Reasons and consequences are a matter of ongoing research. When commuters go to work, many of them might perceive their city at the onset to collapse. Which critical phenomena and phase transition do cities and urban systems exhibit? This workshop will not solve these issues, but the organizers are confident that important ideas will be generated and exchanged that substantially contribute to a better understanding.



Keynote speakers:

Marc Barthelemy, CEA Paris

Céline Rozenblat, University of Lausanne

Frank Neffke, CSH Vienna


Scientific Coordinators:

Diego Rybski

Fabiano L. Ribeiro


To find all speakers’ abstracts, please have a look here.



Jun 20, 2022
Jun 21, 2022


Diego Rybski


Complexity Science Hub Vienna
Josefstaedter Straße 39
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