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.



We welcome the submission of extended abstracts (3 - 4 pages; short oral presentation) and full papers (max. 12 pages, long oral presentation). All work must be original, i.e. must not have appeared in conference proceedings, books, or journals and may not be under review for other archival conferences, books, or journals.


Important Dates

Submission of extended abstracts (3-4 pages) or full papers (max. 12 pages): 30 April 2019
Notification of Acceptance: 24 June 2019
Final Version Submission: 11 July 2019



  • 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