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Mobility, Resource Harvesting and Robustness of Social-Ecological Systems

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dc.contributor.author Ibarra, Irene Perez
dc.contributor.author Janssen, Marco A.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-07-16T19:13:13Z
dc.date.available 2013-07-16T19:13:13Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/9004
dc.description.abstract "Globalization is an important feature aecting the robustness of small-scale social-ecological systems (SESs). Understanding the way globalization aects those systems is crucial for adaptation. In this paper we focus on analyzing how the increased displacement of resource users as a consequence of globalization aects the robustness of SESs. We developed a stylized agent-based model representing a dynamic population of agents moving and harvesting a renewable resource. The individual characteristics and behavior of agents and governments determine the robustness or collapse of the system. We analyzed several scenarios in which we vary the mobility of the agents (i.e., the extent to which agents can move), the distribution of the resource richness and the amount of information governments have regarding potential intruders. Our results showed that agent mobility signicantly affects the robustness of the SES. This response is non linear and very sensible to the type of spatial distribution of the resource richness. The attractiveness of rich resource sites (local level) to agents makes them vulnerable to rapid collapse with consequences to the global system. While medium heterogeneous landscapes are very robust to mobility, highly heterogeneous landscapes (i.e., exponential distribution of resource richness) are not able to absorb such a disturbance; the system stability as well as the resource and occupation levels drop as mobility increases. An increase in enforcement is not sucient for the robustness of such SESs. Results suggest the importance of global governance to deal with governance of resource rich areas, not only for local governments because those areas are more prone to invasions but for global sustainability itself." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries CSID Working Paper Series, no. CSID-2012-010 en_US
dc.subject agent-based computational economics en_US
dc.subject globalization en_US
dc.subject mobility en_US
dc.subject resilience en_US
dc.subject social-ecological systems en_US
dc.title Mobility, Resource Harvesting and Robustness of Social-Ecological Systems en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.publisher.workingpaperseries Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.subject.sector Theory en_US

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