Nanda’s research focuses on understanding and formalizing of human behaviour in and on social-ecological systems. She uses agent-based modelling (computational simulation) to integrate and formalise case or expert knowledge, (social) theory and connecting to other methods to contribute to a deeper understanding.
At SRC, she works in GRAID and focuses on synthesising knowledge using agent-based modelling, i.e. comparing and exploring fishery case studies and interventions. Before GRAID, Nanda worked in the SES-LINK project focusing on the role of human behaviour in diverse natural resource management projects. These projects concerned theory development (AgentEx), exploring the effect of assumptions on fisher behaviour (FIBE) and the role of complexity in SES inspired by Balinese irrigation (COBA).
Nanda has a PhD in Social Simulation with a thesis titled ‘Understanding crowd behaviour’ and MSc in Artificial Intelligence, specializing in autonomous systems. Her multidisciplinary upbringing (mix of computer science, psychology, math, philosophy, etc.) and development towards social-ecological system research is a relevant addition to the variety of multi-disciplinary scientists at SRC.
Nanda also engages in a number of scientific committees, such as: Active member of the European Social Simulation Association (Management committee, 2012-2016; Coordinator of a special interest group on Cognitive models in Social Simulation (2012-2016); Coordinator & organiser of ESSA@work workshops and conference tracks for modellers (2008-2016).
Research news | 2016-11-04
Why cooperation alone is not enough to secure sustainable use of a resource
Research news | 2016-10-07
Better representation of human behaviour needed in models of social-ecological systems
Research news | 2015-01-21
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2017 - Journal / article
Formal models are commonly used in natural resource management (NRM) to study human-environment interactions and inform policy making. In the majority of applications, human behaviour is represented by the rational actor model despite growing empirical evidence of its shortcomings in NRM contexts. While the importance of accounting for the complexity of human behaviour is increasingly recognized, its integration into formal mo...
2016 - Journal / article
Cooperation amongst resource users holds the key to overcoming the social dilemma that characterizes community-based common-pool resource management. But is cooperation alone enough to achieve sustainable resource use? The short answer is no. Developing management strategies in a complex social-ecological environment also requires ecological knowledge and approaches to deal with perceived environmental uncertainty. Recent beha...
2015 - Journal / article
We argue that the capacity to live life to the benefit of self and others originates in the defining properties of life. These lead to two modes of cognition; the coping mode that is preoccupied with the satisfaction of pressing needs and the co-creation mode that aims at the realization of a world where pressing needs occur less frequently. We have used the Rule of Conservative Changes – stating that new functions can only sc...
2014 - Book chapter
This paper describes the design phase of an ABM case study of Bali irrigation. The aim of the model is to explain the differences in the ability of rice paddy farmers to collectively adapt through cooperation. The model should allow exploring factors affecting self organisation within and between rice paddy farmer communities. The exercise of the ABM case study aims to move abstract models (theory) closer to real world pheno...