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Virtual Webinar – Participatory Modeling to Address Socio-Environmental Problems

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Participatory Modeling to Address Socio-Environmental Problems

Expanding the development and use of socio-environmental system (SES) models is critical to solving urgent problems situated at the human-nature interface. Substantial progress is being made, but modeling challenges associated with a range of diverse issues remain. This is the sixth in a series of webcasts based on the 2020 article “Eight grand challenges in socio-environmental systems modelling” by Sondoss Elsawah and colleagues.

This webcast and panel discussion event will focus on the critical challenge of working with diverse stakeholders and scholars to co-develop models to address socio-environmental problems. Participatory modeling provides a powerful collaborative process for developing and testing solutions. The webcast will present the state of the art in participatory modeling, focusing on the fundamental challenges and promising research directions for meeting those obstacles. This event is intended for practitioners and scholars who commission, sponsor, or use SES models.

It will begin with a pre-recorded presentation by Dr Moira Zellner, followed by short talks from each panelist based on their experiences with participatory modeling; then, an open discussion will follow. Viewers may post questions and comments.


Mon. 26 Sept. 2022, 15:00 –16:30 (EDT UTC -4)

Mon. 26 Sept. 2022, 21:00 – 22:30 (CEST UTC +2)

Tues. 27 Sept. 2022, 05:00 – 06:30 (AEST UTC +10)


Welcome: Margaret Palmer, Director, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, USA

Introduction: Sondoss Elsawah, Associate Professor, University of New South Wales, Canberra, Australia

Presentation: “Participatory Modeling to Address Socio-Environmental Problems” (20 mins.) Moira Zellner, Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Director of Participatory Modeling and Data Science, Northeastern University

Panel Session: (Responses 7 mins. per panelist)

Laura Schmitt Olabisi: Professor, Michigan State University, USA

Juan Castilla-Rho: Senior Lecturer, Canberra University, Australia

Nagesh Kolagani: Professor, Centurion University of Technology and Management

Q&A: (15 mins.)Presenters and panelists respond to questions from the participants.

Open Discussion: (10 mins.)



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