On Monday, September 17, 2018, I started to work as a visiting scientist at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in Ispra, Italy. Over the next weeks and months, I will collaborate with Michele Vespe and Lorenzo Gabrielli in an exciting transdisciplinary project on cross-border air traffic and human mobility. More information to follow.
From mid-March, I will be in Princeton (New Jersey) for a research stay. Prof. Miguel Centeno, chair of Princeton University's Sociology Department, invited me to visit the research community Global Systemic Risk at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.
The common goal of the interdisciplinary research group, which involves scientists from many fields, including computer science, economics, engineering, history, philosophy, mathematics, physical sciences, psychology, political science, and sociology, is to "focus on the robustness and fragility of global human-made organizational systems and is concerned with risks that have short- to medium-term likelihood and consequences". They argue that "[t]he interdependence of massive global interactions and structures has caused systemic risk to increase exponentially in recent times. Tangible risks—in systems as diverse as energy exploration and production, electricity transmission, computer networks, healthcare, food and water supplies, transportation networks, commerce, and finance—now threaten global political, economic, and financial systems that affect citizens of every nation. As a result, the study of risk has the potential to become an important and influential academic and policy field."
I am looking forward to an exciting collaboration with Prof. Centeno and his colleagues at Princeton University.