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Sascha Holzhauer

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Current Research Interests

I am passionate about understanding complex human-environmental systems, with a focus on human decision making under social influence and in changing environmental contexts. The combined use of agent-based modelling, socio-scientific surveys and social network analysis allows me to understand system dynamics in depth.

Currently I apply agent-based modelling in research about the land use system under climate and socio-economic change. This modelling approach is promising because of its ability to explicitly represent elements on the micro layer and represent heterogeneity as well as aspects of bounded rationality and social influence in decision making. The full potential of agent-based modelling in land use change is still to be explored and utilised.

A special area of my research is the further development of agent-based modelling as an established and fruitful method, with a focus on representing social network relations. Based on empirical findings, network initialisation, network dynamics, and contact dynamics are implemented and analysed for certain network processes (social influence, social imitation, diffusion of information, and combinations thereof). Results help to work out appropriate network models with respect to the modelling purpose between simple and easy-to-analyse representations and elaborated, realistic approaches.


since 2013Research associate at The University of Edinburgh, School of GeoSciences
2008-2013Research associate at the Center for Environmental Systems Research (CESR), University of Kassel
2005Environmental Science and Computer Science at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
2002-2008Diploma in Applied Systems Science at the University of Osnabrück (diploma thesis: Developing a Social Network Analysis and Visualisation Module for Repast Models)

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