Policy Modelling in Practice

This workshop was held on Monday 8th December 2014 at Prince Philip House, The Royal Academy of Engineering, London, UK

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The use of social simulation to address policy questions has strong intuitive appeal to researchers and policy makers, but also faces considerable challenges and misconceptions. This workshop explored the approaches, experiences and outcomes of the use of social simulation in policy making contexts. The objective was to reflect on the realities of engaging with policy makers, rather than to describe model specifications in detail. 


The following talks were given:


Petra Ahrweiler - Policy modelling between “what if?” and “so what?" Director and CEO of the EA European Academy of Technology and Innovation Assessment.

Alec Waterhouse - The Aqua book: guidance on quality analysis and modelling for government. Department of Energy & Climate Change, UK.

Chris Moore - Analysis and Procedure: The Rise and Fall of the "Stormwater Rule". Ecologic Institute.

Paul Forte - Balance of Care – The Biography of a Model. The Balance of Care Group.

Mike Thompson  - Models and policy making: Experiences from the CCC. Head of Carbon Budgets, Committee on Climate Change.

Frin Bale - Application of a decision theatre concept to the development of an agent-based model. CIER, University of Leeds.

Letícia Santos de Lima - Developing a model to support decision-making on Brazilian Amazon public timber concessions. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais.

Maria Wimmer - OCOPOMO: An evidence-based and conceptual model-driven approach for agent-based policy modelling. University of Koblenz-Landau

Stephen Parnell - Understanding and accounting for social and political barriers to the eradication and control of exotic plant diseases. School of Environment and Life Sciences, University of Salford.

Phillipe Giabbanelli - Interpreting and communicating about computational models. UKCRC Centre for Diet and Activity Research.

Tony Woods - The ePolicy project: Exploitation of Results – Challenges and opportunities. PPA Energy.



This workshop was sponsored by the ePolicy EU FP7 project - http://www.epolicy-project.eu – and associated with the TELLME - http://www.tellmeproject.eu - and GLODERS - http://www.gloders.eu – EU FP7 projects.


If you have any queries, contact Peter Johnson, peter.johnson@surrey.ac.uk .


Monday, 8 December, 2014 - 09:00 to 18:00
Prince Philip House, The Royal Academy of Engineering, London, UK