Participatory and Cross-Scale Modelling of Social-Ecological Systems

12 - 16 October 2020

Venue: Lorentz Center@Snellius

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We require better understanding of what society wants and needs from the natural environment and the impacts these have on it, how the environment shapes peoples’ and societies’ behaviour, and how public policies might navigate trade-offs and synergies in social-ecological systems (SESs) across different spatial and temporal scales. Agent-based modelling aims at addressing these needs but often does not consider interactions across varied spatial and temporal scales, which have large potential impacts on results and associated policy design. In complex SESs where certainty is low, data availability is limited, and management of resources is contested, ongoing, and adaptive, using participatory procedures for including a wide array of stakeholders in modelling efforts is central to their effectiveness and value. The important and diverse roles models can play in guiding decision processes, surfacing assumptions and disagreement, identifying unexpected second-order effects, disseminating and increasing societal knowledge are a feature of stakeholder processes today. In many cases participation remains tagged on haphazardly during the modelling process, or is merely paid false lip service.

Workshop aims and objectives

This workshop aims to push for new, bold, and ambitious modelling breaking down barriers between agent- and none agent-based modellers, SES scholars, and policy users, unblocking theoretical and methodological roadblocks for cross-scale and participatory modelling of SESs. During the Lorentz workshop, we aim to address the following questions:

How can we truly model SESs across multiple temporal and spatial scales and dimensions (e.g. social, economic, political)?

What might the characteristics of complex systems (e.g. emergent, self-organising, feedback loops, adaptation, non-linearity) look like and create across scales? How might we represent and study these concepts in cross-scale agent-based models?


    October 12

    Introduction & Key notes

    09:3010:30 Arrival, registration
    10:0011:00 Welcome and introduction to Lorentz Centre and workshop goals
    11:0012:30 Participants introduce each other using speed dating exercise; Conducting an ABM-SESs theatre play as means of team building
    12:3014:00 Lunch
    14:0015:30 Key note 1: Modelling SESs across scales & dimensions (Birgit Mueller), Key note 2: Participatory methods in modelling SESs (Christophe le Page)
    15:3016:00 Coffee break
    16:0017:30 Presentation of short questionnaire results (participant interests) & lessons learned, Feedback and reflections
    17:3019:30 Welcome reception

    October 13

    Key notes & World Café


    Key note 3: New types of data sources (Ioannis Athanasiadis), Key note 4: Modelling SESs across distance and scales: Example TeleABM (Yue Dou: Exp. TeleABM)

    10:3011:00 Coffee break
    11:0012:30 World Caf‚ on challenges & synergies
    12:3014:00 Lunch
    14:0015:30 Start with group sessions focusing at specific challenges & synergies (incl. brief discussion on digital after-workshop tools)
    15:3016:00 Coffee break
    16:0017:30 Continue group sessions, Feedback and reflections

    October 14

    Science slam & Group work

    09:0010:30 Science slam PhD: Present your research in 3 mins with max. 2 slides, Continue group sessions
    10:3011:00 Coffee break
    11:0012:30 Continue group sessions
    12:3014:00 Lunch
    14:0015:30 Continue group sessions
    15:3016:00 Coffee break
    16:0017:30 Presentation and reflection of sub-theme group results and action plan drafts, Feedback and reflections
    17:3022:00 Workshop dinner

    October 15

    Group work & After-workshop action plans

    09:0010:30 Continue group sessions
    10:3011:00 Coffee break
    11:0012:30 Continue group sessions
    12:3014:00 Lunch
    14:0015:30 Presentation and reflection of sub-theme group results and finalised action plans
    15:3016:00 Coffee break
    16:0017:30 Presentation and reflection of sub-theme group results and finalised action plans, Feedback and reflections

    October 16

    Key note & Final reflections


    Key note 5: Cross-scale modelling to support decision-making and policy design (Tony Jakeman), Final reflection and updating of after workshop action plans and individual commitments

    10:3011:00 Coffee break
    11:0012:30 Concluding discussions and feedback
    12:3014:00 Lunch
    14:0017:30 Optional time for bilateral meetings or to visit Naturalis Museum
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    Melvin Lippe, Thuenen Institute of International Forestry and Forest Economics  

    Alex Penn, University of Surrey  

    Peter Barbrook-Johnson, UKRI Innovation Fellow and Senior Research Fellow  

    Davide Natalini, Anglia Ruskin University  

    Wander Jager, University College Groningen  

Wendy van der Linden

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