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Nathalie Mezza-Garcia (PhD Candidate)

Nathalie Mezza-Garcia

Thesis Topic: Governance and Complexity in Special Economic Sea Zones: The Floating Island Project in French Polynesia.

keywords: sea level rise, floating cities, Special Economic Zones, governance extraterritoriality, SeaZones, seasteading.

Supervisors: Emma Uprichard and Nathaniel Tkacz

My Research:

My doctoral work is on governance and complexity in Floating Special Economic SeaZones. My focus is currently the Floating Island Project in French Polynesia; an attempt to build the world's first floating Special Economic Zone, in the middle of the Pacific ocean. In 2016, the government of French Polynesia signed an agreement with The Seasteading Institute for creating an floating neighborhood with innovative regulations in French Polynesia, following the government's interest in adapting to land loss and sea level rise, and the Institute's pursue of novel forms of governance.
I look at the interplay of three tendencies which make possible projects like the Floating Island: floating architecture extraterritorial jurisdictions and startup societies.

I'm funded by Fundación CEIBA.


Mezza-Garcia, N. (2019). Self-Organized Collective Action and the Floating Island Project. In Chapter 4. Cante & Torres (2019). Non-Violent Political Economy, Theory and Applications.

Mezza-Garcia, N. (2017). "The Floating Island Project: Self-Organizing Complexity." Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute Proceedings 1.3 (2017): 173.

Cante, F & Mezza-Garcia, N (2017). Asymmetric Frontiers, Environmental Insecurity and Migrations. V 14 (28). Intellector, Brazil.

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 . 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. 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. April.

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

Mezza-Garcia, N. (2013). Bio-Inspired Political Systems: Opening a Field. 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. 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
Email: n dot mezza-garcia at warwick dot ac dot uk