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Introducing complexity-oriented methods into life-cycle thinking: enhancing the study of sustainable socio-technical systems

Production and consumption systems are socio-technical systems that are now more complex and intertwined than ever. Studying the sustainability of such systems using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) can be challenging since aspects like heterogeneous consumption patterns, non-linear dynamics and emergent behaviors add more layers of complexity. For this, Agent Based Modeling (ABM) has been commonly selected as the weapon of choice to enhance LCA studies. While this coupled approach is not novel in the literature, its adoption is far from being mainstream among practitioners when dealing with this type of research inquires.

The presentations will be given by three experienced researchers in the field:
1. “Applications of agent-based modelling in energy transitions for industrial networks and urban systems” by Koen van Dam, Imperial College London (ICL)
2. “Algorithmic complexity and computational difficulties in linking ABM to LCA” by Tomás Navarrete Gutiérrez, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)
3. “Agent-based modelling and simulation for the circular economy” by Julien Walzberg, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)


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