POLISES (short for ‘Policy Instruments and Social-Environmental Systems under Global Change’) is a working group at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ in Leipzig, Department of Ecological Modelling.
The group was catalysed by the funding for Junior Research Groups “Global Change 4+1” of the BMBF from 2014-2019. We use dynamic socio-environmental modelling, in particular agent-based modelling with a focus on representing human decision-making. We have a strong interest in making models more useful to support policy and management.
- Make aware of unintended side effects of policy instruments and proposed (risk) management strategies.
- Advance modelling methods with focus on representation of human decision-making and upscaling of socio-environmental models.
- Increase real-world impact of socio-environmental modelling for management and policy support related to sustainable land use.
- Foster transdisciplinary research through a close exchange with empirical experts in ecology, socioeconomics and geography.