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Nathalie Mezza-Garcia (PhD Candidate)

Nathalie Mezza-Garcia

Thesis Topic: Governance and Complexity in The Floating Island Project by Blue Frontiers

keywords: SeaZone, seasteading, heterarchies, autonomy, extraterritoriality, polycentricity, heterarchies.

Supervisors: Emma Uprichard and Nathaniel Tkacz

My Research:

¿How to govern complexity?

¿To which extent to decentralized physical and political infrastructures allows the creation of non-hierarchical forms of governance?

My PhD case study is the Floating Island Project in French Polynesia; an attempt for building the world's first floating Special Economic Zone called SeaZone. SeaZones are the host-nation versions of seasteading.

In my research, I start from the shortcomings of traditional hierarchical decision-making to theorize about what strategies can be put into place to govern (if) human societies, given the challenges presented by complexity.

The Floating Island Projects, SeaZones and Special Economic Zones are a manifestation of the contemporary phenomenon for building decentralized political, economic and technological systems, generated via bottom-up and local interactions. It is also part of the increasing trend for creating startup societies, which are small entities organized as autonomous regulatory frameworks, public/private partnerships, partial political independence or Special Economic Zones.

Likewise, the Floating Island Project reflects the serious engagement with creating human settlements in extraterritorial places, such as in Mars, virtual reality, underwater in orbit and on the ocean.

In the Floating Island Project, I focus on dynamics of self-organization, nestedness and emergence; part of the core of complex systems theory.

My research allows to better understand polycentric and heterarchical governance in complex systems with interactive information processing in an adaptive environment.

I'm funded by Fundación CEIBA.

I'm the seavangelesse of Blue Frontiers.


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

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.


Youtube Channel:

Undergraduate Defense: Introducing Sociopolitical Self-Organisation



Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies
University of Warwick
Email: n dot mezza-garcia at warwick dot ac dot uk