Shade Shutters

Crosscutting Scholar 2018–2021
Research Scientist
ASU Decision Theater

Tempe Campus


After earning a bachelors in finance, I worked several years in the corporate sector before entering a PhD program in theoretical ecology.  I went on to  complete a postdoc in applied economics at the University of Vigo, Spain, and a second postdoc in complexity science at Arizona State University.  Today, I am a complex systems scientist fusing data science, evolutionary theory, and a complex systems framework to study the world's most intractable problems - problems that typically stem from the conflict between individual desires and social goals, exhibit nonlinear or unpredictable responses to policy intervention, and are exacerbated by the increasing connectivity that comes with globalization and technological innovation.  The complex systems I study most are cities - analyzing their socio-economic evolution and internal connectedness to understand the drivers of urban resilience and social (in)stability.  In this context, I work on the development of data-driven models that help understand and predict the trajectory of urban development and economic transitions. 


Postdoctoral Scholar in Complex Systems, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA

Postdoctoral Scholar in Applied Economics, University of Vigo, Vigo, Spain

PhD in Biology, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA

BS in Finance/Accounting, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA

  • S.T. Shutters, K. Waters (in review). Inferring networks of interdependent labor skills to illuminate urban economic structure. Available at:
  • S.T. Shutters, J.M. Applegate (in review). Disappearing economic mobility in U.S. micropolitan areas. Available at:
  • D. Rybski, P. Pradhan, S.T. Shutters, J.P. Kropp (in review). Characterizing the sectoral development of cities.
  • M. Rogov, C. Rozenblat, S.T. Shutters (in review). Cities in the Era of Globalization: A Multilevel Approach to Urban Economic Resilience.
  • J. Lobo, M. Alberti, M. Allen-Dumas, E. Arcaute, M. Barthelemy, L.A. Bojorquez Tapia, S. Brail, L.M.A Bettencourt, A. Beukes, W.-Q. Chen, R. Florida, M. Gonzalez, N. Grimm, M. Hamilton, C. Kempes, C.E. Kontokosta, C. Mellander, Z.P. Neal, S. Ortman, D. Pfeiffer, M. Price, A. Revi, C. Rozenblat, D. Rybski, M. Siemiatycki, S.T. Shutters, M.E. Smith, E.C. Stokes, D. Strumsky, G. West, D. White, J. Wu, V.C. Yang, A. York, H. Youn (2020). Urban Science: Integrated Theory from the First Cities to Sustainable Metropolises (January 28, 2020). Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation Research Paper. 
  • J. Lobo, M. Alberti, M. Allen-Dumas, L.M.A. Bettencourt, A. Beukes, Z. Neal, D. Pfeiffer, S.T. Shutters, M.E. Smith, E. Stokes, D. Strumsky, J. Wu (2019). Graduate Education for a New Sustainable Urban Systems Science: Designing a New PhD Curriculum Integrating Sustainability Science and Urban Science. Report from the NSF Sustainable Urban Systems (SUS) Conference. SSRN Electronic Journal, DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.3466322
  • S.T. Shutters. (2018). Urban Science: Putting the "Smart" in Smart Cities. Urban Science 2(4): 94
  • H. Wang, Y. Lu, S.T. Shutters, M. Steptoe, F. Wang, S. Landis, R. Maciejewski. (2018). A visual analytics framework for spatiotemporal trade network analysis. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics 25(1): 10.1109/TVCG.2018.2864844
  • S.T. Shutters, L. Mazur. (2018). Interdependence and Its Discontents. In Resilience Matters: Transformative Thinking in a Year of Crisis 12-16. L. Mazur, ed. Island Press. Washington, DC
  • S.T. Shutters, J. Lobo, R. Muneepeerakul, D. Strumsky, C. Mellander, M. Brachert, T. Farinha-Fernandes, L.M.A Bettencourt. (2018). The relationship between density and scale in information networks: The case of urban occupational networks. PLoS ONE 13(5):e0196915
  • S. Candan, S.T. Shutters, C. Fortunato (2017). A Flexible Data-Centric Approach for Modeling and Analyzing Hyper Connected Megacities. Small Wars Journal 13(7):14-Jul.
  • S.T. Shutters, L. Mazur. (2017).  Human society is totally interdependent—that’s a huge advantage, but also a huge survival risk. Quartz Ideas, 02-May-2017
  • S.T. Shutters, D.D. White, R. Halden, A. Venkatesan. (2016). Report on Sociocultural Modeling for Dense Urban Areas. Arizona State University Technical Report to U.S. Army TRADOC.
  • R. Florida, S.T. Shutters, G. Spencer. (2016).  Pathways to Ontario’s Knowledge Economy: A system for identifying existing regional strengths and future prospects. Martin Prosperity Research Working Paper Series, 2016-MPIWP-001. Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.
  • S.T. Shutters. (2016). United we fall, divided we stand: Resilience and the role of interdependence. International Urban Resilience Research Network, Viewpoints
  • S.T. Shutters. (2016) Interdependent Preferences and Prospects for Global Sustainability. International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice 12(3):25-39.
  • S.T. Shutters, R. Muneepeerakul, J. Lobo. (2016). Constrained pathways to a creative urban economy. Urban Studies, 53(16):3439-3454.
  • S.T. Shutters, R. Muneepeerakul, J. Lobo. (2016). How hard is it for urban economies to become “green”? Environment and Planning B 43(1):198-209.
  • S.T. Shutters, W. Herche, E. King. (2016). Anticipating Megacity Responses to Shocks: Using Urban Integration and Connectedness to Assess Resilience.  Small Wars Journal, 12(2):26-Feb.
  • S.T. Shutters. (2015). Cities which plan to transform into a creative engine of innovation may face a long and difficult journey. London School of Economics, US Centre, Daily Blog on US Politics and Policy
  • M.R. McHale, S.T.A. Pickett, O. Barbosa, D.N. Bunn, M.L. Cadenasso, D.L. Childers, M. Gartin, G. Hess, D.M. Iwaniec, T. McPhearson, M.N. Peterson, A.K. Poole, L. Rivers III, S.T. Shutters, W. Zhou. (2015). The New Global Urban Realm: Complex, Connected, Diffuse, and Diverse Social-Ecological Systems. Sustainability 7(5):5211-5240.
  • S.T. Shutters, R. Muneepeerakul, J. Lobo. (2015).  Quantifying urban economic resilience through labour force interdependence. Palgrave Communications 1(201510):1-7.
  • S.T. Shutters, D. Hales. (2015).  Altruism displays a harmonic signature in structured societies. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation 18(3):2.
  • B.B. Cutts, T. Muñoz-Erickson, S.T. Shutters. (2015).  Public Representation in Water Management – A Network Analysis of Organization and Public Perceptions in Phoenix, Arizona. Society and Natural Resources 28(12):1340-1357.
  • S.T. Shutters, D. Hales. (2015). The emergence of tag-mediated altruism in structured societies (Version 2). CoMSES Computational Model Library.
  • M. Qubbaj, S.T. Shutters, R. Muneepeerakul. (2014). Living in a network of scaling cities and finite resources. Bulletin of Mathematical Biology 77(2):390-407.
  • R. Muneepeerakul, J. Lobo, S.T. Shutters, A. Gomez-Lievano, M. Qubbaj. (2013). Urban Economies and Occupation Space: Can They Get “There” from “Here”? PLoS ONE 8(9):e73676.
  • S.T. Shutters. (2013). Collective action and the detrimental side of punishment. Evolutionary Psychology 11(2):327-346.
  • S.T. Shutters. (2013). Cultural polarization and the role of extremist agents: a simple simulation model. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 7812:93-101.
  • S.T. Shutters. (2013). Towards a rigorous framework for studying continuous 2-player games. Journal of Theoretical Biology 321:40-43.
  • S.T. Shutters, D. Hales. (2013). Tag-mediated altruism is contingent on how cheaters are defined. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation 16(1):4.
  • D. Hales, S.T. Shutters. (2013). Cooperation through the endogenous evolution of social structure. Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering 126:111-126.
  • S.T. Shutters. (2013). Religion as a Superorganism. Conference on Emergent Approaches to Human Sociality and Religion. Tempe, Arizona. Oct. 6, 2013. DOI: 10.13140/2.1.1936.3843.
  • S.T. Shutters. (2012). Conflict, Collapse, Networks, and Governance: 20,000,000 Humans in a Virtual Petri Dish.
  • S.T. Shutters, R. Muneepeerakul. (2012). Agricultural trade networks and patterns of economic development. PLoS ONE 7(7):e39756.
  • S.T. Shutters. (2012). Punishment leads to cooperative behavior in structured societies. Evolutionary Computation 20(2):301-319.
  • S.T. Shutters, M. Halás. (2011). From cells to states: A unifying framework of social relativity. European Consortium for Political Research 2011 General Conference, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland. Aug. 27, 2011. DOI: 10.13140/2.1.1990.9126.
  • S.T. Shutters. (2010). From terrorism to environmental management: A novel assessment of network robustness using triad analysis. DOI: 10.13140/2.1.4647.0088.
  • S.T. Shutters. (2009). Strong Reciprocity, Social Structure, and the Evolution of Cooperative Behavior. Doctoral Dissertation, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University. DOI: 10.13140/2.1.5185.7920.
  • S.T. Shutters. (2009). Strong reciprocity, social structure, and the evolution of fair allocations in a simulated ultimatum game. Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory 15(2):64-77.
  • S.T. Shutters. (2009). Punishment, rational expectations, and relative payoffs in a networked prisoners dilemma. Social Computing and Behavioral Modeling 201-208. H. Liu, J. J. Salerno, and M. J. Young, eds. Springer. New York, New York.
  • S.T. Shutters, B.B. Cutts. (2008). A simulation model of cultural consensus and persistent conflict. Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Computational Cultural Dynamics 71-78. V.S. Subrahamanian and A. Kruglanski, eds. AAAI Press. Menlo Park, California.
  • S.T. Shutters, R.C. Balling, Jr. (2006). Weekly cycling of environmental variables in Phoenix, Arizona. Atmospheric Environment 40(2):304-310.
  • S.T. Shutters, A. Gitch. (1998). Maximizing order entry efficiency using standard value rule sets. In Oracle Applications User Group Fall 1998 USA Conference Proceedings. OAUG. San Diego.
  • S.T. Shutters, D. Richards. (1997). Facing the challenges of changing fiscal year. In Oracle Applications Users Group Fall 1997 USA Conference Proceedings. OAUG. Orlando, Florida.

Research Activity: 

  • Shutters,Shade Timothy*. Labor-based metrics of urban resilience: integrating urban ecology and economics (AWD00033878). Piper (Virginia G.) Charitable Trust. (3/15/2019 - 8/30/2020).
  • Miller,Jon*, Candan,Kasim, Salla,Rahul, Shutters,Shade Timothy, Boscovic,Dragan, Srivatsav,Srinivasa, Fedorschak,Kena. ASU Decision Theater - TRADOC Partnership (DOD W911S0-17-G-001). US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) (10/1/2017 - 9/30/2018).
  • Shutters,Shade Timothy*, Metroinsight: Knowledge discovery and real-time interventions from sensory data flows in urban spaces (NSF 1636936). NSF (9/1/2016 - 8/31/2019).
  • Ruddell,Benjamin*, Shutters,Shade Timothy, Sabo,John,  Gurney,Kevin, Hanemann,Michael H. INFEWS/T1: Mesoscale Data Fusion to Map and Model the US FEW system (INFEWSion) (NSF 1639529). NSF (8/18/2016 - 8/17/2020).
  • Shutters,Shade Timothy*Maciejewski,Ross. Anticipating effects of agricultural trade network on water food and political security (ASUF 30007012). Skoll Global Threats Fund (3/1/2016 - 2/28/2017).
  • Halden,Rolf*, White,David, Shutters,Shade Timothy, Dalrymple,Mick, Shakarian,Paulo. US Army and Megacities: Planning for 2040 (ASURE SPA332). US Department of Defense (10/12/2015 - 10/11/2016).
  • Shutters,Shade Timothy*, Barton,Michael, Laubichler,Manfred. Phase transitions and allometry in social systems. ASU CLAS (11/1/2012 - 10/31/2013)
Expertise Areas

Modeling & Simulation

Complex Systems

Urban Systems

Labor Economics

Urban Development

Data Science

Theoretical Biology