Aura Reggiani is a professor of economic programming at the University of Bologna. Her research interests are in nonlinear dynamic systems (in particular, chaos, network, and complexity theory) in the fields of transportation science and spatial economics. She is the author or editor of five books and over 80 papers.
Competition and complexity in spatially connected networks
Article first published online: 26 DEC 2006
Copyright © 1995 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
System Dynamics Review
Volume 11, Issue 1, pages 51–66, Spring 1995
How to Cite
Reggiani, A. and Nijkamp, P. (1995), Competition and complexity in spatially connected networks. Syst. Dyn. Rev., 11: 51–66. doi: 10.1002/sdr.4260110105
- Issue published online: 26 DEC 2006
- Article first published online: 26 DEC 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: MAY 1994
- Manuscript Received: NOV 1993
Much attention has recently been paid to the potential of using analytical tools derived from ecology and biology for analyzing competitive (or synergetic) interactions in a complex spatial network.
Defining a network as a complex space-time system, this article investigates the implications of spatial interconnections when oscillating or chaotic behavior in a certain node of a network is spread in both space and time. The main focus is on stability/ complexity in a network with a view to varying complexity in terms of the number of functional elements (e.g., nodes, competing/growing centers). Some simulation experiments involving simple-dimensional spatial systems are described.