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Past Research Projects

See the links to some of our affiliated past research projects.

This is a collaborative project with the Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity at Arizona State University (http://csdc.asu.edu/) to establish a scientific research collaboration network to support and expand the development and use of computational modeling in the social and life sciences.

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2013 to 2014

The world is presently experiencing a period of dramatic social and economic change. We are also experiencing rapid change in earth systems that support human societies. The goal of this project was to develop tools and ideas to help understand how we may cope with this change.

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2007 to 2013
This project seeks aims to develop a next-generation understanding: what makes groups successful in changing the institutional rules that govern behavior related to common resources?
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2008 to 2014
There are many examples of societies which have endured for long periods, successfully coping with uncertainty, disturbance, and change in the environment. There are also many examples of societies which have failed in this regard. The core question addressed in this interdisciplinary research project was why some social-ecological systems are more successful in navigating disturbances and change in the environment than others.
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2005 to 2011
This project established a consortium in the social and natural sciences for facilitating agent based modeling (ABM) of socioecological dynamics. This organization serves the scientific community as a framework for collaboration and interdisciplinary research, emphasizing the complex interactions between humans and the environment. A workshop brought together leading and innovative practitioners of ABM research in social and natural sciences to organize the consortium, using successful examples of community frameworks for cybertool development in other research domains.
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2006 to 2010

This project is a component of a larger project led by the Institute of Human Origins (http://iho.asu.edu/). The main goal is to examine the coupled response of people and the environment in the Cape Floral Region on the south coast of Africa to major fluctuations in global climate during the time of the origins of the modern human lineage.

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2011 to 2016
Arizona State University has developed a new University-wide challenge platform to enhance community engagement and to solicit ideas from its 50,000-member University community to solve eight broad challenges, but little is known about the design, use and effects of such platforms. The research team engaged the platform design team to incorporate the affordances required to improve the overall user experience and to test applicable theories of team composition, governance structures, legitimacy, and team capacity and commitment.
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2011 to 2013
The objective of this project was to help farmers maximize opportunities to enhance their flexibility in face of climatic stress while also investing in the resilience of the broader social-ecological system on which farmers depend.
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2011 to 2013
These network activities focus on basic socio-ecological principles applied to the study of the sustainability of renewable resources in large marine ecosystems under incumbent climate variability and human exploitation.
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2011 to 2015
his project aimed to study what causes individuals to invest in rule development, and which cognitive processes explain the ability of humans to craft new rules.
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2010

Many of the challenges facing contemporary society, such as emission reductions or vaccination for infectious diseases, are collective action problems. To address these challenges, new approaches are needed to understand, stimulate and sustain collective action in large heterogeneous populations. To promote cooperative behavior at large scales, this project will develop computational tools to facilitate the context for cooperation - homogeneity, effective communication - observed in smaller scale case studies and field experiments.

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2012 to 2015
Development, documentation and deployment of VCweb software for experimental web research to test whether in-group favoritism can support sustainable resource use? The hypothesis is that social awareness of neighboring groups may increase awareness of ones own ecological state, and thus increase the chances for the evolution of sustainable resource use norms when those groups are isolated in ecological and economic domains, but not when they are ecologically and economically integrated.
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2010 to 2014