J. Stephen Lansing
Santa Fe Institute & CSH External Faculty
Steve Lansing is an external professor at the Santa Fe Institute and the Complexity Science Hub Vienna; a visiting scholar at the Hoffman Global Institute for Business and Society at INSEAD Singapore, and emeritus professor of anthropology at the University of Arizona.
He is a pioneer in combining Anthropology and Complexity and in 2017, together with colleagues, showed that the self-organization of the water temple networks in Bali is not a historical accident, but an emergent property of a self-governing system of environmental management. Due to his work and engagement, Bali’s water temple networks were recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage in 2012.
In 2019 Lansing’s book Islands of Order: A Guide to Complexity Modeling for the Social Sciences (Princeton University Press 2019 and companion website https://www.islandsoforder.com) was published. The book tells the story of patterns of gene expression, social interaction and language change on a scale of time and space that had not previously been observed.
Lansing’s current research explores how the dynamics of these centuries-old systems of adaptive governance may be relevant to the as-yet-unmanaged global commons.
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A. C. Pisor, X. Basurto, K.G. Douglass, K. J. Mach, E. Ready, J. M. Tylianakis, A. Hazel, M. A. Kline, K. L. Kramer, J. S. Lansing, M. Moritz, P. E. Smaldino, T. F. Thornton, J. H. Jones
Effective climate change adaptation means supporting community autonomy
Nature Climate Change 12 (2022) 213-215
M. Karmin. R. J. Flores, et al.
Episodes of Diversification and Isolation in Island Southeast Asian and Near Oceanian Male Lineages
Molecular Biology and Evolution (2022) msac045
J. S. Lansing, et al.
Averting Evolutionary Suicide from the Tragedy of the Commons
International Journal of the Commons 15 (1) (2021) 414-430
V. Sorensen, S. Lansing
Prakempa: The colour music of the Balinese calendar
In: Rauterberg M. (eds) Culture and Computing, HCII 2020, Lecture Notes in Computer Science 12215, Springer, Cham
J. S. Lansing, [...] S. Thurner et al.
Kinship structures create persistent channels for language transmission
PNAS 114(49) (2017) 12910–12915
J. S. Lansing, S. Thurner et al.
Adaptive self-organization of Bali’s ancient rice terraces
PNAS 114 (2017) 6504–6509