School of Earth and Environment

Nicholas Roxburgh

Postgraduate Researcher

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Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute


University of Leeds | MSc Sustainability (Ecological Economics) | Distinction

University of St Andrews | MA (Hons) Geography | First Class

Research Interests

  • Socio-ecological systems
  • Agent-based modelling
  • Modelling human decision-making
  • Climate change adaptation

Project details

Project title

Modelling the Combinatory Impact of Stressors on Mountain Communities: An Agent-Based Model of a Nepalese Village


Professor Jon Lovett, Dr Andrew Evans & Professor Jouni Paavola

Project outline

Many mountain communities in the developing world are facing a time of rapid social, economic, and environmental change. As many of these changes are occurring in parallel, they can interact resulting in outcomes that may not equal the sum of the parts. These interactive dynamics and their consequences are poorly understood, but they have important consequences for policy and adaptation decision-making.

My research involves the design of an agent-based model of a mountain village which can be used to simulate various combinations of stressors. This will allow the mechanisms through which interactions occur to be studied and will aid understanding of cumulative effects. The design of the agent-based model will be based on data collected during in-depth fieldwork in Nepal.