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The Arizona State University-Santa Fe Institute (ASU-SFI) Center for Biosocial Complex Systems seeks to help scientists and policymakers gain a better understanding of the interconnections that stretch across complex biological and social systems, to accelerate scientific discovery and apply that knowledge to questions, such as what happens to institutions, health care and human behavior as cities grow into mega-cities.
Two active areas of interest to the ASU-SFI partnership are the dynamics of innovation, and urbanization and scaling in cities, such as Phoenix. As cities grow, they face new dilemmas and challenges, especially as they strive to be more sustainable.
The new center is the Santa Fe Institute’s first formal collaboration with a university since the institute was founded in 1984 and part of a suit of programs and activities that form the Biosocial Complexity Initiative at ASU.