K6. Modelling human decision-making situated in socio-ecological system models of land-use transitions

Understanding how human actors perceive and adapt to social-ecological changes is crucial to manage sustainable land-use transformations. Despite the wide range of available conceptual and technical options for modelling human perception and decision-making, many studies modelled human behaviour rather independently than embedded in SES models. Human decision-making components encoded in precedent SES modelling studies have been limited regarding the utilization of available decision/behavioural theories and methodologies, e.g. the accommodative adaptation perspective. In the long term, adaptive decisions on land use are not only perceiving environmental changes in short term and acting based on pre-existing cognitive schemas/behaviour rules (assimilative adaptation), but also modifying the pre-existing schemas/rules to deal better with new situations (accommodative adaptation). Representing land-use decisions co-evolving with the social-ecological environment over time and space remains a key challenge of coupled socio-ecological system (SES) models of land-use transitions.

Independently, some studies have recently proposed conceptual criteria for describing or designing relevant human behaviour component of SES model, and explore alternative methods. This session, therefore, aims by bringing together researchers who treat human perception and decision-making as components embedded within SES model of long-term land-use transitions ̶ here so-called SES-situated human decisions modelling ̶ at the forefront of innovative solutions.

Topics include, but are not limited to, advances in: