Globalisation, Regionalisation and Behavioural Responses of Land Use Agents

Calum Brown, Dave Murray-Rust, Jasper Van Vliet, Shah Jamal Alam, Peter H. Verburg, Mark Rounsevell

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Abstract / Description of output

The global land system is under intense pressure from human demands for a range of different services. Neo-classical economic theory suggests that globalised free trade is the most efficient way of handling these demands, allowing maximum productivity and specialisation of supply. However, political responses are often protectionist in nature, designed to ensure continuity of land uses and the regional production of multiple services. We investigate the implications of both globalisation and regionalisation of demand for the efficiency and productivity of land uses and, using an agent-based model of land use change, how realistic forms of human behaviour can strengthen, weaken or alter these implications. We show that ‘rational’ productive agents tend towards optimal land use configurations under globalised systems, but that ‘irrational’ behaviour yields superior results under regionalisation. Finally, the adoption of multifunctional land uses is found to be a strong and effective emergent property of agent populations under regional demand.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMulti-Agent-Based Simulation XIV
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Workshop, MABS 2013, Saint Paul, MN, USA, May 6-7, 2013, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsShah Jamal Alam, H. Van Dyke Parunak
Place of PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-54783-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-54782-9
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • demand,globalization á regionalization,modelling á supply and


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