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Models of human behaviour in social-ecological systems

posted 18 Nov 2013, 04:27 by Giuseppe Feola   [ updated 18 Jan 2014, 13:47 ]

Feola, G., 2013. Models of human behaviour in social-ecological systems, in VV.AA., The International Social Science Council/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, The World Social Science Report 2013: Changing Global Environments, OECD Publishing/UNESCO Publishing, pp. 321-325.


Environmental change research often relies on simplistic, static models of human behaviour in social-ecological systems. This limits understanding of how social-ecological change occurs. Integrative, process-based behavioural models, which include feedbacks between action, and social and ecological system structures and dynamics, can inform dynamic policy assessment in which decision making is internalised in the model. These models focus on dynamics rather than states. They stimulate new questions and foster interdisciplinarity between and within the natural and social sciences.

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