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Relating complexities for the reflexive study of complex systems

Raimbault, J; (2020) Relating complexities for the reflexive study of complex systems. Theories and Models of Urbanization. Lecture Notes in Morphogenesis pp. 27-41. 10.1007/978-3-030-36656-8_3. Green open access

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Abstract

Several approaches and corresponding definitions of complexity have been developed in different fields. Urban systems are the archetype of complex socio-technical systems concerned with these different viewpoints. We suggest in this chapter some links between three types of complexity, namely emergence, computational complexity and informational complexity. We discuss the implication of these links on the necessity of reflexivity to produce a knowledge of the complex, and how this connects to the interdisciplinary of approaches in particular for socio-technical systems. We finally synthesize this positioning as a proposal of an epistemological framework called applied perspectivism, and discuss the implications for the study of urban systems.

Type: Article
Title: Relating complexities for the reflexive study of complex systems
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-36656-8_3
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-36656-8_3
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10090771
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