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Lessons for model use in transition research : a survey and comparison with other research areas

  • The use of models to study the dynamics of transitions is challenging because of several aspects of transitions, notably complexity, multi-domain and multi-level interactions. These challenges are shared by other research areas that extensively make use of models. In this article we survey experiences and methodological approaches developed in the research areas of social-ecological modeling, integrated assessment, and environmental modeling, and derive lessons to be learnt for model use in transition studies. In order to account for specific challenges associated with different kinds of model applications we classify models according to their uses: for understanding transitions, for providing case-specific policy advice, and forThe use of models to study the dynamics of transitions is challenging because of several aspects of transitions, notably complexity, multi-domain and multi-level interactions. These challenges are shared by other research areas that extensively make use of models. In this article we survey experiences and methodological approaches developed in the research areas of social-ecological modeling, integrated assessment, and environmental modeling, and derive lessons to be learnt for model use in transition studies. In order to account for specific challenges associated with different kinds of model applications we classify models according to their uses: for understanding transitions, for providing case-specific policy advice, and for facilitating stakeholder processes. The assessment reveals promising research directions for transition modeling, such as model-to-model analysis, pattern-oriented modeling, advanced sensitivity analysis, development of a shared conceptual framework, and use of modeling protocols.show moreshow less

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Document Type:Peer-Reviewed Article
Author:Johannes Halbe, Dominik E. Reusser, Georg HoltzORCiDGND, Marjolijn Haasnoot, Annette Stosius, Wibke Avenhaus, Jan H. Kwakkel
URN (citable link):https://nbn-resolving.org/urn:nbn:de:bsz:wup4-opus-57013
Year of Publication:2015
Language:English
Source Title (English):Environmental innovation and societal transitions
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eist.2014.10.001
Volume:15
First Page:194
Last Page:210
Release Date:2014/12/15
Division:Zukünftige Energie- und Mobilitätsstrukturen
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Sozialwissenschaften
OpenAIRE:OpenAIRE
Licence:License LogoIn Copyright - Urheberrechtlich geschützt