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Nathalie Mezza-Garcia

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

Supervisors: Emma Uprichard and Nathaniel Tkacz

My Research

¿How do decentralized physical and political infratructures (seasteads) allow the self-organization of non-hierarchical forms of governance?

I have the coolest PhD case study in the world: the Floating Island Project in French Polynesia; a the first seasteading project to ever exist since the concept was created. I look at complexity and governance in this assembled floating human settlement that will be constructed on the ocean in Tahiti in French Polynesia, led by the company Blue Frontiers, after The Seasteading Institute signed a Memorandum of Understanding with French Polynesian government.

The Floating Island is 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 number of startup cities and micronations, 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. The Floating Island Project is a tabula rasa. I´m looking at how this tabul rasa can reconcile various forms of freedom-seeking theories, such as anarcho-capitalism with anarcho-comunism.

My research will allow to better understand polycentric and heterarchical governance and interactive forms of information processing in complex adaptive systems and, of course, in the Floating Island Project, on seasteads and within heterarchical. In turn, this will allow the creation of more distributed, decentralized and advanced forms of governance, based on dynamics of self-organization and voluntarism. For this I look at the overall Floating Island Project, with specific attention into the legal, economic and environmental aspects of the Floating Island Project.

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 (PDF Document). 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 (PDF Document) 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.(PDF Document) April.

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

Mezza-Garcia, N. (2013). Bio-Inspired Political Systems: Opening a Field.(PDF Document) 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.(PDF Document) 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