Network-aware multi-agent simulations of herder-farmer conflicts

Henry K. Dambanemuya*, Emoke Ágnes Horvát

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

We propose a network-aware multi-agent simulation approach to understanding the interlacing connections between herder-farmer communities in open property regimes. Specifically, we model herder-farmer conflicts in agent-based terms whereby individual decision-making, pastoral mobility, and symbiotic herder-farmer relations result in the emergence of a complex adaptive system in which communal resources are managed in ways that either lead to peaceful coexistence or conflict. From a theoretical perspective, we hope to further understanding of how individual decision-making and coordination produces complex adaptive systems as well as how emergent structures shape individual action. In practice, we anticipate that this study will help shed light on how herder-farmer communities can cooperate and coordinate their activity and mobility patterns to manage common pool resources in sustainable ways that mitigate violent conflict. Broadly, our work aims to contribute new insights towards multi-agent modelling of traditional small-scale societies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2019 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2019
EditorsFrancesca Spezzano, Wei Chen, Xiaokui Xiao
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages721-722
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781450368681
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 27 2019
Event11th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2019 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: Aug 27 2019Aug 30 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2019 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2019

Conference

Conference11th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, ASONAM 2019
CountryCanada
CityVancouver
Period8/27/198/30/19

Keywords

  • Multi-agent simulations
  • Peacebuilding
  • Social networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Sociology and Political Science

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