SEEMI Project started
by Meike Will
In March, the new project SEEMI (Social-Ecological Effects of Microinsurance) started which is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The 3-year PhD project is in close cooperation with the POLISES group and focuses on the conditions under which microinsurance may crowd out informal safety nets or act as a complement to them. Additional aims are to investigate how land users change their strategies given access to microinsurance and whether microinsurance can enhance the resilience of social-ecological systems to shocks.
To answer these research questions agent-based modelling will be combined with. The model evaluation will comprise case studies related to the project which are provided from our cooperation partners concerning health insurance in Cambodia ( ) and drought insurance in Kenya and Ethiopia ( and ).
After the first very interesting weeks in this project I am now looking forward to its further challenging tasks. The combination of agent-based modelling and social network analysis is a new approach to the topic of microinsurance and I am curious about how it will work out. Additionally, I am very grateful to have different cooperation partners in our team which can help us to make our model more realistic.