We are interested in explaining how interactions between humans and ecosystems shape the dynamics of SES at and across temporal and spatial scales. To this end we study how diverse human adaptive behavior shapes social-ecological dynamics and how micro- and cross-level social-ecological interactions give rise to collective action and sustainable resource use. We try to understand and navigate the co-evolutionary dynamics of SES, identify social-ecological mechanisms of phenomena such as traps or regime shifts and explore alternative ontologies (e.g. relational ontologies/process philosophy) of SES as truly interdependent complex adaptive systems of humans and nature. Abbreviations: ABM = Agent-based model; DSM= Dynamical systems model; CASE = qualitative empirical study; REVIEW = Literature review; FRAMEWORK = conceptual framework

Human behavior

FIBE – Implications of the diversity of human behaviour for sustainable fisheries ABM  
PhiZa-fish – Impact of interventions in small-scale fisheries in Philippines and Zanzibar ABM
Aquacross – Managing the co-production of aquatic ES in a freshwater catchment CASE/ABM
PowerAcademics – The role of academic actors in social-ecological transformations REVIEW/CASE
AgentEx – Towards mechanism-based explanations of cooperative sustainable resource use ABM

Cross -level interactions

COBA – Implications of complex social-ecological interactions for sustainable irrigation management ABM
SMILI: Micro-level explanations for the diversity of self-governance arrangements in small-scale fisheries ABM
2MAR – Implications of cross-scale market integration for sustainable fisheries DSM


SEAS – A framework of linked social-ecological action situations FRAMEWORK
PovertyTraps – Social-ecological mechanisms of poverty traps REVIEW/DSM
Rethinking development – Rethinking development in the context of co-evolution CASE
Interest Groups – Interest groups as links between social-ecological and policy dynamics CASE/ABM
ResiliencePrinciples – Operationalizing resilience principles to understand ES trade-offs CASE

Past Projects

BalticSES – The importance of social processes for the collapse of the Baltic Cod DSM
TSL – Social-ecological causes of regime shifts DSM
CPnorm – Robustness of norm-driven cooperation to environmental variability ABM
MoHuB –  Modelling Human Behavior in social-ecological systems
LimnoSES – Navigating social-ecological interdependencies for restoring eutrophied lakes ABM