Simulation of Behavioural Dynamics Within Urban Gardening Communities

Arthur Feinberg*, Elena Hooijschuur, Amineh Ghorbani

*Corresponding author for this work

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In order to better understand the mechanisms leading to resilient urban gardening systems, we revisit Ostrom’s institutional design principles with an agent-based model (ABM) and implement behavioural dynamics as structured by the theory of reasoned action. Our experiments show that sanctioning bad behaviour in general increases the group cohesion and leads to longer collective action. Higher success rates occur for cases in which volunteers join for socialising rather than just taking crop yield. However, the design principles are not blueprints leading de facto to robust gardening systems: the combination of these principles is instead determining.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Social Simulation - Looking in the Mirror, 2018
EditorsHarko Verhagen, Melania Borit, Giangiacomo Bravo, Nanda Wijermans
PublisherSpringer Open
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9783030341268
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event14th Social Simulation Conference, 2018 - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 20 Aug 201824 Aug 2018

Publication series

NameSpringer Proceedings in Complexity
ISSN (Print)2213-8684
ISSN (Electronic)2213-8692


Conference14th Social Simulation Conference, 2018


  • Design principles
  • Individual behaviour
  • Urban gardening


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