Agent-based models for sustainability: exploring social, economic, spatial and environmental dynamics.

­ESSA Special Interest Group on “Socio-Ecological Issues of Sustainable Development”

Session Chairs:
Roman Seidl, ETH Zurich, Institute for Environmental Decisions, Switzerland
Tatiana Filatova, University of Twente, Netherlands

The ESSA SIG on Socio-Ecological Issues of Sustainable Development aims to bring together researches using spatially explicit agent-based modelling to explore spatial, environmental and ecological-economic issues. At this year’s Social Simulation Conference we propose a thematic focus on socio-economic models for sustainability.
Understanding sustainable development in different domains such as environmentally, socially, individually and economically and the complex interactions between these domains is a challenge for recent research. Environmental impacts of human behaviour in systems including nonlinear interactions, feedbacks, self-organization and path-dependence are not trivial research themes. As currently many societies are on unsustainable development tracks, research is needed that captures the complexity and addresses the systemic aspect – explicit in terms of time and space. A lot of research has been done to explore behaviour that drives land-use patterns, economic interactions in land and resources markets, spatial externalities, trading quotas for emission or sustainable harvest, management of common-pool resources, impacts of economic behaviour on carbon emission, ecosystem-services, modelling farmers’ behaviour and urban dynamics including pedestrian modelling. These various questions are connected by the overarching goal of sustainable development. We thus welcome contributions related to

  • Combinations of spatial heterogeneity and processes in natural systems
  • Geographical and spatial econometric models
  • Heterogeneity of social behaviour grounded in economics (experimental, environmental or ecological, and spatial)
  • Sociological and psychological theories of decisions under uncertainty related to sustainability
  • Concepts and solutions for modelling coupled human-natural system and spatial or ecological agent-based applications
  • Societal self-organisation processes to address global change and resource issues

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