Tackling climate change: eco-oriented behaviors and economic policies

In the past decades, the research community from different disciplines has agreed on the compelling need to tackle climate change because of the natural, social and economic disruption it risks generating. The implementation of policies aimed at climate mitigation and adaptation depends, on the one side, on the economic policies implemented at countries’ level and, on the other side, on the role of consumers’ preferences and their behaviors in affecting the structural change.

This special session encourages the submission of papers that combine evolutionary economics concepts and methods, complex adaptive systems approach and environmental economics concerns to study the patterns of transition toward a sustainable and low-carbon economy.

In particular, the special session aims at gathering contributions offering new insights into the following topics:

  • Individual and collective agency problems in the context of macroeconomics and political economy
  • The contribution of technological innovation to solving fundamental environmental and climate change issues
  • Eco-oriented consumer behaviors and (sustainable) structural change in agent-based models
  • The role of attitudes and values in economic decision making
  • Environmental innovation, structural change and socio-ecological transitions in agent-based models
  • Modeling economic policies to address climate change in agent-based models.

A selection of contributed papers will be proposed for inclusion in a special issue of a scientific journal (contacts are in progress and details will be announced during the conference). We highly welcome original theoretical works (simulation models) that formalize such alternative approaches and/them to specific and questions. As we proclaim a lack of integration of the different approaches, or at least a lack of overview, comprehensive review papers that tackle any of the issues mentioned above are also highly welcome.



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


Session chairs

  • Michael Roos (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
  • Paola D’Orazio (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

Contact: paola.dorazio@rub.de

Keywords: agent-based modeling, complexity economics, eco-oriented behavior, environmental innovation, structural change, climate change