Research projects


NetCost (A network approach for quantifying the impact of change) is a Young Researchers project funded by the French National Research Agency. The purpose of the NetCost project is to develop a conceptual framework which aims at quantifying, quantitatively and qualitatively, the cost of changes occurring in a complex system by measuring their impact at different scales, with a particular focus on how these changes will affect the individual elements forming the system. The proposed framework, relying on complex network science, will be applied on three different complex spatial systems selected for their importance in urban planning, ecology and spatial economy. The project started on January 2018 and will run for four years. [Role: Scientific Coordinator]


BONDS (Balancing BiOdiversity CoNservation with Development in Amazonian WetlandS) is a Belmont Forum and BiodivERsA project funded through the International joint call on “Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services”. The purpose of BONDS is to combine conservation and development stakes in scenarios of biodiversity and ecosystem services for the extensive floodplains of the world’s largest river system: the Amazon. The project started on March 2019 and will run for 3 years. [Role: Investigator]


IMAGINE (Integrative Management of Green Infrastructures Multifunctionality, Ecosystem integrity and Ecosystem Services: From assessment to regulation in socioecological systems) Using a multidisciplinary approach across six case study territories spanning a European north-south gradient from the boreal zone to the Mediterranean, the IMAGINE project aims at quantifying the multiple functions, ecosystem services and benefits provided by Green Infrastructures (GI) in different contexts from rural to urban. The project started on February 2017 and will run for 3 years. [Role: Investigator]


Cultural Ecosystem Services: An Empirical approach across European landscapes and beyond is an AHIA research project funded under the ALTER-Net High Impact Actions. The project started on February 2017 and will run for one year. [Role: Scientific Coordinator]


INSIGHT (Innovative Policy Modelling and Governance Tools for Sustainable Post-Crisis Urban Development) is a research project funded under the ICT Theme of the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme. INSIGHT aims to investigate how ICT, with particular focus on data science and complexity theory, can help European cities formulate and evaluate policies to stimulate a balanced economic recovery and a sustainable urban development. The project is conducted by a Consortium composed by the Technical University of Madrid (Project Coordinator), Nommon Solutions and Technologies, the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at University College London, the Technical University of Eindhoven, the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems (IFISC) at the University of the Balearic Islands, and the Barcelona City Council. The project started on 1 October 2013 and will run for 36 months. [Role: Investigator]


EUNOIA (Evolutive User-centric Networks for Intraurban Accessibility) is a research project funded under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme ICT Programme. The goal of EUNOIA is to take advantage of the opportunities brought by smart city technologies and the most recent advances in complex systems science to develop new urban models and ICT tools empowering city governments and their citizens to design better mobility policies. The project started in October 2012 and will run for two years. [Role: Investigator]


PRIMA (Prototypical Policy Impacts on Multifunctional Activities in rural municipalities) The project PRIMA aims to develop a method for scaling down the analysis of policy impacts on multifunctional land uses and on the economic activities. This method will rely on micro-simulation and multi-agents models, designed and validated at municipality level, using input from stakeholders. The models will address the structural evolution of the populations (appearance, disappearance and change of agents) depending on the local conditions for applying the structural policies on a set of municipality case studies. [Role: Investigator]