Our Methods

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We use dynamic social-ecological modelling, in particular agent-based modelling. This approach allows taking into account micro-scale interactions of households, linkages between social and ecological system components, and cross-scale effects of global policies (through their locally installed instruments) on local land use strategies.

A particular focus lies on the incorporation of adequate human decision making into agent-based models of natural resource use and its theoretical and empirical foundation. Furthermore, we aim to study the impact of risk-coping instruments on informal social networks, using approaches of social network analysis.