The AIMES/GLP Working Group on Large-scale Behavioural Models of Land Use Change held its first webinar, featuring Dr. Elke Weber and Dr. Peter Verburg discussing whether the idea of large-scale behavioural modelling is realistic, in November 2020. Elke Weber is a professor of Psychology and Public Affairs at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. Dr. Weber’s specialty is in judgment and decision-making under risk and uncertainty. Her research has investigated psychologically appropriate ways to measure and model individual and cultural differences in risk taking, specifically in risky financial situations and environmental decision making and policy. Peter Verburg is a professor of Environmental Spatial Analysis and leads the Environmental Geography group that is part of the Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Prof. Verburg has established a leading position in the field of land use analysis and modelling. He has developed and applied a wide range of methods to analyze spatial patterns of land use at scales from local to global. Methods used in his research originate from different disciplines, including social sciences (interviews, participatory workshops, multi-level statistics, foresight and scenario studies), econometrics (efficiency analysis, spatial econometrics), geography (accessibility analysis, spatial modelling, remote sensing) and earth sciences (biogeochemical modelling).


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