Considering actor behaviour: agent-based modelling of transitions

Georg Holtz, Emile Chappin

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Transitions emerge as outcome of the decisions, behaviours and interactions of a multitude of actors operating in a changing institutional context. Agent-based modelling (ABM) allows for the representation of heterogeneous actors and their interactions, and to let system level dynamics emerge. In this chapter, the authors provide a brief introduction to ABM, investigate the conceptualization of actors and institutions in the transition research field, and the challenges for ABM of transitions that arise from the multitude of actors and institutions as well as from the diversity of theoretical perspectives to describe them. Four approaches to tackle these challenges are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationModelling Transitions
Subtitle of host publicationVirtues, Vices, Visions of the Future
EditorsEnayat A. Moallemi, Fjalar J. de Haan
PublisherRoutledge - Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780429056574
ISBN (Print)9780367174064
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Sustainability Transitions


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