Shima Beigi

Shima Beigi
University of Oxford | OX · Department for Continuing Education

BSc, MSc, MSc, PhD

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13 Research Items
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Introduction
I am resilience and complexity scientist and engineer. My research is focused on resilience and sustainability of complex adaptive systems. I am particularly passionate about the links between resilience, self-organisation, and evolution of agents or subsystems and how these dynamics lead to creation and removal of trajectories through which agents and systems can enhance their synergy, coordination and fitness (e.g. Regime shifts, critical transitions, path-dependency, memory effect,etc)
Additional affiliations
October 2015 - October 2017
University of Oxford
Position
  • Sustainable Urban Development
October 2015 - September 2017
University of Oxford
Position
  • Researcher on Sustainable Urban Development
February 2015 - July 2015
University of Bristol
Position
  • PostDoc Position

Publications

Publications (24)
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We characterize living systems as resilient “chemical organizations”, i.e. self-maintaining networks of reactions that are able to resist a wide range of perturbations. Dissipative structures, such as flames or convection cells, are also self-maintaining, but much less resilient. We try to understand how life could have originated from such self-or...
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Reaction network is a promising framework for representing complex systems of diverse and even interdisciplinary types. In this approach, complex systems appear as self-maintaining structures emerging from a multitude of interactions, similar to proposed scenarios for the origin of life out of autocatalytic networks. The formalism of chemical organ...
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We define the noosphere as the conscious level of the web, where global conversations are being held about collective challenges. To understand its dynamics, we review three neuroscientific theories of consciousness: information integration, adaptive resonance, and global workspace. These suggest that conscious thoughts are characterized by a “reso...
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In this research essay, with the example of an iconic street in the Capital City of Tehran, I argue that the degree to which place-breaking activities can affect the making or breaking of an urban place highly depends on a complex range of factors of which history, time, the collective memories of people, memes, vision of policy makers, understandi...
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We aproach the problem of the extended mind from a radically non-dualist perspective. The separation between mind and matter is an artefact of the outdated mechanistic worldview, which leaves no room for mental phenomena such as agency, intentionality, or feeling. We propose to replace it by an action ontology, which conceives mind and matter as as...
Technical Report
In this article, inspired by the movement of open spaces in cities across the world and resilience theory1, I argue that city and human resilience are tightly interlinked and it is possible to positively influence both through utilising the transformative power of open spaces in novel ways.
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Over the past three decades resilience has been increasingly recognised as a property that enables systems to become better at responding to change. However, most published work on resilience focuses on linking the concept to the previously existing concepts in rather an isolated way. No one has yet offered a systemic perspective that spans across...
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In 2003 the historical city of Bam in Iran demonstrated that lack of resilience before the onset of shocks can push a city toward disastrous outcomes. The outcome of the 2003 magnitude 6.6 earthquake placed Bam on a critical pitchfork of transformation. How can cities and communities that have suffered from similar events in Bam, revitalise themsel...
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Given the growing pace of urbanisation and the need for developing cohesive, and resilient communities, it is crucial to discuss how we can better design the space of our future cities. Inspired by the movement of open spaces in cities across the world, resilience theory and the concept of smart cities, I demonstrate that city and human resilience...
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Following recent extreme events in New Zealand, Haiti, and Japan, and other parts of the world, infrastructure systems have copiously been identified as lifelines of cities and essential to the smooth functioning of modern societies . Therefore, resilience of these systems cannot be defined based on mere infrastructure’s physical attributes. Rather...
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Various infrastructure scholars share their concerns on the need for developing: 1. Better approaches to risk management. 2. More effective vulnerability analysis. 3. Transparent resilient-focused frameworks. To respond to these concerns, for better analysis of the interconnections between technical systems and exploration of the interdependencies...
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Learning to re-imagine space has a transformational power in the way we perceive and relate to our surroundings. Space whether we call it a space of a city, the void of a meditative mind, the space of a womb, or the space of galaxies; 'provides a chance for change, growth and manifestation'.
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The ever-increasing range of interactions in global organizations creates a wicked situation that is often described as "Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous" (VUCA). This is often reflected in the challenges to build highly effective multicultural teams, and even more, in the approaches to developing leaders for those multicultural, virtuall...
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This article presents an Anthropocene citizen-cantered framework by incorporating the neuroscience of sustainability related stressors, the biology of collaboration in multi-agent ecosystems such as urban systems, and by emphasising on the importance of harnessing the collective intelligence of the crowd in addressing wicked challenges of sustainab...
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Ross Ashby’s Law of Requisite Variety [1] is used as a mental model to operationalize the concept of resilience in coupled complex adaptive systems. One way to deal with complexity and surprise is to increase the diverse range of capabilities that can be called upon when different stressful conditions arise. A resilient system is a system capable o...
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Following various disasters across the world, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers issued a comprehensive report on resilience and disaster management [15]. The report called for the development of an integrating framework for resilience that incorporates the societal dimension as an integral part of engineering. This research attempts to provid...
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In this presentation, I discussed the need for rethinking the role of socio-technical systems in developing resilience cities. With the examples of natural disasters as well as instances of nonlinear changes in ecological systems, I attempt to propose an interdisciplinary outlook for critical infrastructure systems. This presentation was presented...

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I am wondering whether the way in which sustainability (focus on carrying capacity) is framed somehow hindering any improvement on the likelihood of steering the 1960s model of gentrification that is focused on class and land toward building more resilient cities. I appreciate dissuasion, ideas, articles or any personal experience from case studies, etc. 

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Projects (3)
Archived project
With increasing flow of information, our inner state of equilibrium is continuously pushed and pulled. We are challenged to find ways to stay away from this rapidly growing "Notification Universe."  Our behaviour is becoming more and more fast and we think we are losing something precious along the way. Granted, with Mindfulness Engineering in Action, we endeavour to create a place for digital literacy challenging ‘our collective behaviour on the go’. Indeed, this project integrates the rapidly growing trend of Internet of Things and Smart Cities to show that in reality we must move toward the INTERNET OF WE. In this project, we would like to "purposefully" create a space for fundamental questions on the direction of human relationships and the importance , health benefits of having designed moments of Mindfulness in all walks of our lives.
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In its first five years, the Global Brain Institute has investigated how the Internet could develop into a distributed intelligence that would coordinate human and technological activities at the planetary scale. For this, we developed a conceptual and mathematical theory of the self-organization of distributed intelligence, and compared its implications with present technological and social developments. This provided us with a long-term scenario for the emergence of a Global Brain that would be able to tackle all our major problems, but also with some concrete strategies for supporting this evolution. Building on these results, we now propose a roadmap towards the actual development of a Global Brain. The strategy is similar to the one that led to the creation of the World-Wide Web: specify a universal, open protocol that would allow all people and machines to intelligently coordinate their actions, independently of platforms, languages, or governance structures. We have already formulated the conceptual foundations of that protocol in our mathematical models (Challenge Propagation, COT, and Offer Networks). But its concrete elaboration requires much further analysis, modelling, implementation, and testing in real-world situations. The protocol will consist of several application layers, which each add further intelligence and functionality to the whole, and which can be developed relatively independently. Thus, the Global Brain network can be built up step-by-step according to our proposed roadmap, assimilating increasingly advanced technologies as they become available. These technologies include the Semantic Web, Internet of Things, reputation systems, Decentralized Autonomous Organizations, and ecosystem modeling. The main requirement for realizing it at the world level is that the protocol would prove its usefulness clearly enough, so that an increasing number of people start using it, until it encompasses all Internet connected systems. This is similar to how Tim Berners-Lee's HTML/URL protocol eventually integrated all computers and documents into the World-Wide Web. We propose a further integration that would allow the network to match the needs, resources and actions of human and technological agents at all scales. The resulting gains in synergy, efficiency and coordinated action could in principle solve the major economic, social, ecological and organizational problems that the world is confronted with-including inequality, poverty, unsustainable growth, waste, and poor governance. We see our mission as guiding the emergence of the Global Brain-in contrast to merely forecasting its likely properties. As socio-political confusion and turmoil spread across the globe, our society is approaching a transition towards a fundamentally new social, economic and technological regime. We believe that the time is ripe for promoting a rational, feasible, and genuinely optimistic vision of the future of humanity, in which an increasingly intelligent Internet mediates human and machine interactions towards the common good. Our theoretical research has prepared us for the elaboration, prototyping and testing of a protocol that would practically support such intelligent mediation.