Call for Papers: Participatory and cross-scale modelling of social-ecological systems (SESs) in the Anthropocene

Guest editors

Melvin Lippe, Thünen Institute; Peter Barbrook-Johnson, University of Oxford; Davide Natalini, Anglia Ruskin University; Wander Jager, University of Groningen; Alex Penn, University of Surrey

Scope and aims

Frameworks for modelling social-ecological systems (SESs) often do not consider interactions across different spatial and temporal scales and tend to include only a limited number of dimensions (e.g. environmental, political, social). Using participatory modelling approaches for including a wide array of actors in cross-scale modelling of SESs is central to their effectiveness and value. But in many cases, participation is tagged on haphazardly during the modelling process, or merely paid false lip service to.

 The goal of this special issue (SI) is to bring together cutting-edge researchers and those at an early-stage of career, practitioners and policy advisors working in a relevant field to improve understanding of how to include cross-scale dynamics and participation in SESs modelling. The SI puts a strong emphasis on addressing these issues - cross-scale dynamics and participation in SES modelling – because both can have large impacts on the results of models, users’ understanding, and their implications for environmental management. This becomes increasingly important for supporting stakeholder-engagement processes and policy design in the Anthropocene and the increasing uncertainty of global environmental change.   

 We invite new, bold and ambitious contributions on cross-scale modelling of SESs with a particular focus on land-related issues, i.e. rural, urban, agriculture, forestry, or other land uses. This includes water as a domain of application as there are many cross-scale interactions between land and water and related nexus issues. SI contributions may advance the theory of cross-scale SESs modelling, present examples of cross-scale SESs modelling in practice, or consider how to incorporate more participation and stakeholder involvement at different parts of the modelling cycle.

Timeline and submission details

If you are interested in participating, please email your contact details and intended contribution (title, authors, extended abstract) to by 30 June 2022. The Extended Abstracts are approximately 1,000 words plus a bibliography that indicates the literature that the paper will build upon.

After reviewing the submitted Extended Abstracts, we will invite selected authors to submit Full Papers (around 10-12 journal pages long). The deadline for submission of Full Papers is 13 January 2023