2015-2017

The social aspects in socio-ecological models and simulations of sustainability research

The social aspects in socio-ecological models and simulations of sustainability research using the example of social opportunities to reduce meat consumption

AG Sozio-öko

 

What would happen if a compulsory Vegetarian Day were introduced in German canteens? Would free public transport be profitable in cities if it were offset against the maintenance of ecosystem services? What measures for promoting sustainable consumption are likely to be adopted by which lifestyle environments and in what way? Answering these questions requires formalised models of socio-ecological systems to identify the potential of sustainable development and the basic ideas behind it. However, there are still doubts as to whether the characteristics of social systems are appropriately represented in current models and simulations.

Therefore, the working group’s objective is to stimulate a methodological discussion on the appropriate representation of social aspects in socio-ecological models and simulations of sustainability research. The working group is based on the premise that social systems are included in a reflexive way in the relevant modelling approaches. Therefore, social systems in modelling approaches follow internal change measures and external steering impulses according to values, standardisations and role structures.

The working group assumes that formalised models of sustainability research are (a) ideally based on (true) assumptions that build on structures of socio-ecological systems and (b) can simulate system behaviour if (significant) data on relevant system structures and processes are available. The working group will also discuss whether knowledge of a specific socio-ecological system can be accommodated in this system, too.

The working group approaches these issues in two ways: on the one hand, it is discussing how social aspects are currently included in socio-ecological models and simulations of sustainability research. On the other hand, methodological criteria are being tested and defined using the specific example of meat consumption.

 

Working Group Members

Dr. Ronald Bialozyt, Nordwestdeutsche Forstliche Versuchsanstalt, Abteilung A: Waldwachstum, Sachgebiet Wachstumsmodellierung/Informatik

Dr. Jens Jetzkowitz, Helmut-Schmidt-Universität der Bundeswehr, Fakultät für Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften; derzeit: Vertretungsprofessor an der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Institut für Soziologie, Lehrstuhl für Wirtschafts- und Organisationssoziologie

Dr. rer.nat. Dipl-Ing. Richard Ottermanns, RWTH Aachen University, Institute for Environmental Research (Biology V), Chair of Environmental Biology and Chemodynamics (UBC)

Dr. Martina Roß-Nickoll, RWTH Aachen University, Institute for Environmental Research (Biology V), Chair of Environmental Biology and Chemodynamics (UBC)

Magdalena Sawicka M.A., Promovendin an der Universität Stuttgart bei Prof. Dr. Ortwin Renn, Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Abteilung für Technik- und Umweltsoziologie

Uta Schmidt MSc., Promovendin an der Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald, Prof. Dr. Susanne Stoll-Kleemann

Jörg Schneider M.A., js_studien+analysen, Zürich/Schweiz

Prof. Dr. Susanne Stoll-Kleemann, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald, Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät, Institut für Geographie und Geologie, Lehrstuhl für Angewandte Geographie und Nachhaltigkeitswissenschaft

Dr. Lieske Voget-Kleschin, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Philosophische Fakultät, Philosophisches Seminar; derzeit: Vertretungsprofessorin an der Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald, Institut für Botanik und Landschaftsökologie, Professur für Umweltethik/Praktische Philosophie mit dem Schwerpunkt Angewandte Ethik

 

Overview

Time period: 2015 - 2017 (24 months)

 

working group spokesperson:

Dr. Jens Jetzkowitz
Philipps-Universität Marburg
E-Mail: jetzkowi@staff.uni-marburg.de

 

Expected Output:

Position paper

 

Meetings (by invitation):

30./31.3.2017 (Program)

10./11.11.2016

12.10.2015

 

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