Profile of Mr Simone Caschili University College London

Simone Caschili

Enviromental engineer, received his Ph.D. in Urban Planning at University of Cagliari (IT) in February 2010. His thesis explores the linkages between Complex Network Theory and Spatial Planning. Since Octobre 2010 he has been appointed at CASA – University College London – as Research Associate for the ENFOLD-ing Project. He is in charge of the trade and economic development work stream where he directs his research interests on the application of Complexity theory and Network Modelling to the study of international trade and maritime shipping. Since November 2010 he is a senior research fellow at the UCL QASER Lab

General research interests

His research interests are the modelling of urban and regional systems as complex networks, the inclusion of time-space features in network modelling and policy evaluation for planning in both urban and environmental governance. He developed the GIS tool ComplexNetGIS, an ArcGIS® integrated tool. It provides several network functions and indices taken from Complex Network Theory and transport analysis.

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PhD Abstract

Most of our science which is used to inform policy makers about future social and economic events has been built for systems that are local rather than global and are assumed to behave in ways that are relatively tractable and thus responsive to policy initiatives. Any examination of the degree to which such policy-making has been successful or even informative yields a very mixed picture with such interventions being only partly effective at best, and positively disruptive at worst. Human policymaking shows all the characteristics of a complex system. Many of our interventions make problems worse rather than better leading to the oft-quoted accusation that "the solution is part of the problem".

To demonstrate this dynamics and to develop appropriate policy responses, we will study four related global systems:trade, migration, security (which includes crime, terrorism and military disputes) and development aid which tend to be determined as a consequence of these three individual systems. The idea that this dynamics results from coupling suggests that to get a clear view of their dynamics and a better understanding of global change, we need to develop integrated and coupled models whose dynamics can be described in the conventional and perhaps not so conventional language of complexity theory: chaos, turbulence, bifurcations, catastrophes, and phase transition.

Latest deposited documents

Complex Networks and Community Detection in Spatial Planning: a new paradigm and tool
Complex Networks and Community Detection in Spatial Planning: a new paradigm and tool (February 2009)

In history, planning has been led by several philosophies, aiming on one hand at the production of self-sufficient small scales urban nuclei and...

Spatial planning through complex network theory image
Spatial planning through complex network theory (May 2008)

Complexity can be viewed as a large and growing field for many disciplines. Complex network paradigm is one of the most prominent field of...

Spatial planning trough complex network theory image
Spatial planning trough complex network theory (January 2008)

The complexity's topic has become an important field of research for many disciplines. This includes the social spatial sciences with their...

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Statement of interest (January 2008)

Statement of interest:
My interest in complex systems started during my thesis at the end of my studies at the University of Cagliari – Faculty...