SIG-SEE: Spatial and Ecological-Economic issues

The SIG on Spatial and Ecological-Economic Issues aims to bring together researches using agent-based modelling to explore spatial, environmental and ecological-economic issues by stimulating knowledge exchange and personal collaboration, organising thematic and panel issues at SSCs and initiating special issues in journals and project proposals.

Coupled socio-economic and environmental systems are complex. Understanding environmental impacts of human behaviour in a system with nonlinear interactions, feedbacks and path-dependence is not trivial. 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, modelling farmers’ behaviour and urban dynamics including pedestrian modelling.

These various questions are connected by the common need to combine spatial heterogeneity and processes in natural systems, which are typical to ecological, geographical and spatial econometric models, with heterogeneity of social behaviour grounded in economics (experimental, environmental or ecological, and spatial), sociology and theories of decisions under uncertainty. Drawing upon conventional approaches, agent-based modelling makes advancements by providing rich opportunities to explore emergent behaviours in spatial and ecological-economic systems. It can accommodate spatial and behavioural heterogeneity, and model various interactions as well as processes happening at different scales within the same methodological platform. The objective of this SIG is to explore these issues.

Types of actions aimed at and expected results SIG-SEE aims to bring together researches using agent-based modelling to explore spatial, environmental and ecological-economic issues. This special interest group will promote exchange of experiences and ideas with respect to modelling coupled human-natural system and spatial or ecological agent-based applications, organize thematic session at regular ESSA meetings and World congresses, initiate special issues in journals, as well as work on joint project proposals. We expect to increase awareness of ESSA and its annual conference among the ABM/LUCC community and to bring ESSA expertise into solving problems arising in coupled human-environment systems.

The SIG-SEE leaders are: Tatiana Filatova (University of Twente) and Gary Polhill (The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen).

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