CSH Talk by Sibel Eker: “Modelling human behavior behind global diet shifts”

May 09, 2019 | 15:0016:00

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The lecture by Sibel Eker from International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) will take place at the Complexity Science Hub Vienna.

Location: Salon

If you are interested in participating, please email to office@csh.ac.at



A reduction in global meat consumption can significantly reduce the adverse environmental effects of the food system, yet it requires widespread diet changes. Such shifts to sustainable diets depend on several behavioral factors, which are not addressed yet in relation to the food system. This talk will describe how behavioral factors behind lifestyle change, in particular diet shifts, are incorporated into a global integrated assessment model to assess their implications for the food system. It will then present the main drivers of global diet change identified by a computational analysis on this model. The talk will end with a discussion on the use of computational social science tools together with modelling to address the lifestyles changes required to achieve climate targets and sustainable development goals.



Sibel Eker is a researcher at International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). With a background in engineering and policy analysis, Dr. Eker brings systems thinking and uncertainty focus to policy and decision-making problems with model-based approaches and analytics. Synthesizing the experience of various modelling tools and areas, her current work involves validation of uncertainty-focused models and integrated assessment modelling for the food system. Dr. Eker obtained her PhD degree in 2016, from Delft University of Technology with a focus on dealing with uncertainties in the Dutch natural gas sector. Prior to joining IIASA, she worked at University College London on integrated decision making in housing, energy and well-being; and at Delft University of Technology on the resilience of the transport network in Bangladesh.


May 09, 2019


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