WASS Seminar: The social factors of land degradation and soil conservation in developing countries: why use agent-based modelling?

Peter Johnson’s interests revolve around social science, the environment and agent-based modelling. His current research explores the design and application of agent-based modelling to soil conservation adoption by small-scale farmers in developing countries. He is also interested in how models are used in environmental policy more generally. In this talk he will discuss the social factors in and around land degradation and soil conservation, and attempt to justify his use of agent-based modelling to approach the topic. 


Peter Johnson is based in the Centre for Research in Social Simulation (CRESS) in the Department of Sociology, University of Surrey, UK. For more information please see: or find him on Twitter @bapeterj .