By Samaneh Heidari,

I had a presentation in PBL to present my research to modelers works for Dutch government in PBL. In this agency, modelers collaborate with specialists and make models that are beneficial for both specialists and policy makers.

I presented my agent-based simulation (ABS) of a fishery village in which people born, live, grow up, go to school, fish, work in different occupations, trade, migrate, etc. Agents (people in the village) collaborate as social agent together and make a social reputation for themselves. They consider what they value more in their life and make their long term decision accordingly.

After fishing the presentation, we found some similarities between what I am doing and what they want to do. They want to have model that contains three aspects: “social and nature”, “economy and nature”, and “environment”. Our ABS contains social, economy, and ecology part.

I found out something that raise my interest. They collect social data. Alright! it is not new, I know. But, they categorize the intention of farmers (people who directly access the natural resources) into four categories. They named the categories this way: “nature finds its way”, “use environment as a tool”, “cultural view of using the environment”, and “individual driven”. We understood that these categorization is almost the same as four categorization of Schwartz value circle which are named as “self-transition”, “conservation”, “self-enhancement”, and “openness to change”.

We hope we continue our collaboration with PBL in the future.

Image by Kaan Architecten

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