Maja Schlüter is a social-ecological systems researcher with a focus on the use of modelling and simulation to study social-ecological phenomena such as regime shifts, poverty traps or sustainable natural resource management. She has extensive experience in interdisciplinary collaboration and integration, recently through two ERC grants (starting and consolidator) on mechanisms of change in SES and middle-range theory development. She will be responsible for overall project coordination, developing a process-based agent-based model and the development of integrative approaches to causation.
Petri Ylikoski is a philosopher of science specialized in philosophy of the social sciences. He has published extensively on theory of explanation, social mechanisms, and micro-macro problems in the social sciences. He will lead the analysis and explication of relations between different causal notions, articulation of criteria for good middle-range theorizing, and assessing various approaches to deal with causal complexity. He will be the primary advisor for the PhD student at IAS.
Emilie Lindkvist is an agent-based modeler with extensive knowledge of social-ecological systems, particularly small-scale fisheries in Mexico and Zanzibar, but also theoretical models on learning optimal management in fisheries. She has developed several agent-based models of self-governance, local trade, and fisher mobility in collaboration with experts and empirical researchers from the social and natural sciences which will greatly facilitate and accelerate analysis and model development in this project.
Lars-Göran Johansson is professor of theoretical philosophy recently at Uppsala University, and currently affiliated with Stockholm Resilience Centre. He is an author of several papers and books on causation, general philosophy of science and philosophy of physics. He will engage in writing about different causal concepts, their relations, usefulness and drawbacks as well as in discussing types of scientific explanations.
Maria Mancilla García is a researcher with a Doctorate in Development Studies and a background in political science and philosophy. She has been working on social-network analysis to understand water management dynamics and on applying a process and relational perspectives for the study of SES, drawing from philosophy and anthropology. She will be responsible for applying the process philosophy perspective and will lead this together with Tilman.
Volker Grimm is professor of theoretical ecology and a leading expert on modelling methodology in ecological and agent-based modelling. He has been involved in the development of more than 50 ecological models, mostly in population ecology, and has contributed to the conceptual framework of ecology, regarding the concepts of stability and resilience. In the project, he will use the rationale of pattern-oriented modelling to help develop a common language in the initial first half of the project, and contribute to case studies that combine social network analysis and agent-based modelling.
Sonja Radosavljevic will lead the development of the Dynamical Systems Perspective. Sonja uses mathematical modeling as a tool to study nonlinear mechanisms of social-ecological systems. She works with multidimensional models, which represent interactions among actors of complex adaptive systems. She focuses on understanding dynamics that produces and maintains poverty traps, and on theoretical modeling of nutrient cycling and its effects on human well-being and ecosystem stability.
Karl Wennberg is an expert in multi-level processes of social and economic change, having studied how micro-level action and processes such as occupational choice, competition, and innovation influence macro-level outcomes such as inequality and economic change. He will take part in research design and analysis, write papers and reports and disseminate research results. He will specifically work on doing research on generative causation and micro-to- macro causal processes.
Tilman Hertz is a researcher that explores to what extent process and relational philosophy can help us further analyze and understand social-ecological systems (SES). A special focus lies on the works of Alfred North Whitehead and Gilles Deleuze. A further interest of Tilman lies in studying and developing approaches to disclosing and bridging the many different ontologies and epistemologies used in SES research in view of fostering transdisciplinary knowledge integration. Tilman will be responsible for applying the process philosophy perspective.
Tomas Banitz develops and applies computational models to investigate key mechanisms in ecological systems, emergent population and community dynamics, and ecosystem functions provided. Specific topics are causes and consequences of organisms’ dispersal, interactions, traits, diversity and spatiotemporal organization, effects of environmental heterogeneities, as well as structural and functional stability under stress, disturbances and change. In CauSES he will apply an ecological perspective and develop agent-based models, that help demonstrating different types and levels of causation and their interaction.
Rodrigo Martínez Peña’s main interest is producing and synthesizing knowledge that is useful to spark or navigate change of social-ecological systems for them to become sustainable and fair. Currently, he is exploring the explanatory power of realist social theory to understand transformative processes of linked social-ecological systems. In CauSES he will work on applying the mechanism-based approach and develop agent-based models.