Systems analysis and modelling

Livelihoods are rooted in the structure and dynamics of socio-ecological systems. To accompany and accelerate change towards sustainability, we need to understand such systems. 

Across multiple levels of socio-ecological systems in the Global South, we conduct analyses, modelling, data processing and data mining. The generated evidence allows us to develop causal frameworks that assist stakeholders in innovating the management of socio-ecological systems. 

We specifically explore participatory approaches (e.g. serious gaming and participatory modelling) to initiate recursive, iterative learning processes as meaningful support in managing socio-ecological systems

Selected publications

Meulenbroek, P., Stranzl, S., Oueda, A., Sendzimir, J., Mano, K., Kabore, I., ... & Melcher, A. (2019). Fish Communities, Habitat Use, and Human Pressures in the Upper Volta Basin, Burkina Faso, West Africa. Sustainability11(19), 5444.

Webb, J. A., Schofield, K., Peat, M., Norton, S. B., Nichols, S. J., & Melcher, A. (2017). Weaving common threads in environmental causal assessment methods: toward an ideal method for rapid evidence synthesis. Freshwater Science36(1), 250-256.