• Human decision-making and behaviour
• Collective action and common-pool resources
• Knowledge integration & synthesis
• Social-ecological modelling
• Agent-based modelling
Nanda Wijermans studies group behaviour and collective action in sustainable resource use
Central to her work are collaborative research processes for which she uses agent-based modelling. These models enable the integration of knowledge and insights across several scientific domains and (empirical) approaches such as behavioural experiments, expert interviews, and observational findings.
Wijermans has a background in Artificial Intelligence/Cognitive Science (M.Sc.) and Social Simulation (PhD) obtained at the University of Groningen (NL). Throughout her postdoctoral research she extended her interdisciplinarity by situating human decision-making and behaviour in social-ecological systems.
In efforts to facilitate collaborations, discussions and new insights, Wijermans has helped establish a variety of interdisciplinary scientific collaboration processes connected to her own projects as well as in the Social Simulation community.
She actively pursues this bridging function in her position as an elected member on the Management Committee of the European Social Simulation Association (ESSA) as well as an elected member of the Network for Computational Modeling in Social and Ecological Sciences (ComSES Net) and as member of the Editorial board of the Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation (JASSS)
One of the most recent research frontiers she focuses on concerns co-leading a network on Social Identity Approach in agent-based Models (SIAM) to advance the behavioural realism in simulation models and the theoretical advancement in the social sciences on the why and how questions concerning situated behaviour dynamics.
Current research projects
- AgentEx (PI): Climate change from the small-scale fisher’s point of view: Identifying critical multi-level processes for sustainable small-scale fisheries (combining agent-based modelling and behavioural experiments).
- Norms@risk: Do social norms help dealing with collective threats? (combining agent-based modelling and behavioural experiments)
- FORMAS Future research leader grant
- The Swedish Research Council Grants for research on societal security
Wijermans, N., Schill, C., Lindahl, T., & Schlüter, M. (2022). Combining approaches: Looking behind the scenes of integrating multiple types of evidence from controlled behavioural experiments through agent-based modelling. International Journal of Social Research Methodology. DOI: 10.1080/13645579.2022.2050120.
Wijermans, N., Boonstra, W.J., Orach, K., Hentati-Sundberg, J. & Schlüter, M. (2020). Behavioural diversity in fishing - Towards a next generation of fishery models. Fish and Fisheries, 274(2), 872-890. https://doi.org/10.1111/faf.12466
Schill, C., Wijermans, N., Schlüter, M. & Lindahl, T. (2016). Cooperation Is Not Enough—Exploring Social-Ecological Micro-Foundations for Sustainable Common-Pool Resource Use. PLoS ONE, 11(8), e0157796–24. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0157796
Waldherr, A. & Wijermans, N. (2013). Communicating Social Simulation Models to Sceptical Minds. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 16(4). http://jasss.soc.surrey.ac.uk/16/4/13.html
Wijermans, N., Jorna, R., Jager, W., van Vliet, T. & Adang, O. M. J. (2013). CROSS: modelling crowd behaviour with social-cognitive agents. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 16(4). http://jasss.soc.surrey.ac.uk/16/4/1.html
News articles with Wijermans, Nanda
Research news | 2023-05-12
The cognition of the commons
The ability to monitor, evaluate and share our own cognitive processes can improve group decisions and enable more sustainable use of common-pool resources
Research news | 2022-08-12
What it takes to make different approaches work together
Researchers invite readers “behind the scenes” to share their experiences combining agent-based modelling and controlled behavioural experiments
Research news | 2020-09-15
Making fisheries models more realistic
Diversity in fisher behaviours are often absent in current models of fisheries. A new study points out how to incorporate them
Research news | 2020-03-17
How agent-based modelling can improve management of small-scale fisheries
Computational approach can reveal intricate interactions among stakeholders and help prevent unintended policy outcomes
Publications by Wijermans, Nanda
Untangling social–ecological interactions: A methods portfolio approach to tackling contemporary sustainability challenges in fisheries
Journal / article | 2022
Meeting the objectives of sustainable fisheries management requires attention to the complex interactions between humans, institutions and ecosystems that give rise to fishery outcomes. Traditional approaches to studying fisheries often do not fully capture, nor focus on these complex interactions between people and ecosystems. Despite advances in the scope and scale of interactions encompassed by more holistic methods, for ex...
Combining approaches: Looking behind the scenes of integrating multiple types of evidence from controlled behavioural experiments through agent-based modelling
Journal / article | 2022
Understanding complex (social) phenomena benefits from combining different tools, perspectives, expertise, and experiences. Research designs that combine approaches are gaining in popularity. Carrying out research in interdisciplinary teams, however, is a challenging, high-investment activity. Unawareness of and reflecting on conflicting ways of seeing or studying the world may endanger project success. Agent-based modelling h...
An Online Implementation of a Virtual Agent-Based Experiment Tool—An Exploration
Book chapter | 2021
This chapter is part of a book based on the conference proceedings of ESSA 2013, the 9th Conference of the European Social Simulation Association. ESSA conferences constitute annual events, which serve as an international platform for the exchange of ideas and discussion of cutting-edge research in the field of social simulations, both from the theoretical as well as applied perspective. This book consists of 33 articles, whic...