Modelling social/cognitive aspects in social-ecological systems

Overall, we are faced with a world-wide problem in potentially losing fisheries, forest, water and other natural resources. For example, in fisheries almost 90% of stocks are over-exploited or fully exploited. Improved and innovative management solutions are required if this critical situation is to be remedied. Since management is about people, integrating the social and cognitive science insights into the modelling of social-ecological systems might be a different way of thinking that is relevant for managing natural resources in a sustainable manner. We are interested in solutions that study these challenges with a social-ecological complex systems lense and with a focus on the cognitive and social aspects.

Submissions focusing on any aspects of natural resource management in combination with social- and/or cognitive models are welcome, including (but not restricted to): social norms and self-organization of human agents (e.g. fishers), applications of Ostrom´s work on managing social commons; compliance with rules under changing management regimes; culture and trust; simulations combining complex representations of society, people, decision-making and complex ecological models; simulations as public educational tools, participatory simulations etc.



  • Nanda Wijermans - The Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University.
  • Melania Borit - UiT (University of Tromsø) - The Arctic University of Norway
  • Jorge Santos - UiT (University of Tromsø) - The Arctic University of Norway


List of presentations

AuthorsTitleType of SubmissionPresentation Time
Jule Thober and Kathleen HermansCoupling agent-based modeling and Bayesian networks to study natural resource use and human migration in the Ethiopian highlandsFull paper30 min
Patrick Taillandier, Nicolas Salliou and Rallou ThomopoulosCoupling agent-based models and argumentation framework to simulate opinion dynamics: application to vegetarian diet diffusionFull paper30 min
Jan Ole Berndt, Lukas Reuter, Anna-Sophie Ulfert, Conny H. Antoni, Thomas Ellwart and Ingo J. TimmCritical Mistakes: Simulating Cognitive Workload of Emergency Response TeamsFull paper30 min
Rijk Mercuur, Virginia Dignum and Catholijn JonkerUsing Agent-based Simulation to Discern Habitual TheoriesFull paper30 min
Garry Sotnik and Egor FedorenkoCEMMA: An interdisciplinary game for spatio-temporal common-pool resource management analysis
Full paper30 min
Matthias Mueller, Ben Vermeulen and Muhamed KudicComplex interplay between inter-firm networks and technological knowledge landscapes - Insights from an agent-based simulation approachFull paper30 min
Christopher Watts and Anca SerbanConservation Areas as Network Components: Mechanism Designs for an Effective Conservation SchemeFull paper30 min
Hongxing Liu and Christopher RuebeckEffects of social and behavioral norms on water quality trading participationExtended abstract15 min
George Van Voorn, Geerten Hengeveld and Jan VerhagenAdaptive capacity of agro-food systemsExtended abstract15 min
Sara Lotfi and S. Jalal MirnezamiExploring the Role of Social Characteristics in Sustaining Groundwater Systems: An Agent-Based ModelExtended abstract15 min
Amelie Bourceret, Laurence Amblard and Jean-Denis MathiasA social-ecological model using theory of planned behaviour to analyse water quality managementExtended abstract15 min
Francesca Giardini and Nanda WijermansGossip and reputation for reducing social uncertainty and promoting collective sustainable resource useExtended abstract15 min
Molood Ale Ebrahim Dehkordi, Amineh Ghorbani, Paulien Herder, Mike Farjam, Anders Forsman, René van Weeren, Tine De Moor and Giangiacomo BravoThe role of wealth inequality on collective action for management of common pool resourceExtended abstract15 min