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.
|Title of host publication||Modelling Transitions|
|Subtitle of host publication||Virtues, Vices, Visions of the Future|
|Editors||Enayat A. Moallemi, Fjalar J. de Haan|
|Publisher||Routledge - Taylor & Francis Group|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
|Name||Routledge Studies in Sustainability Transitions|