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Saeed abdolhoseini Member since: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 Full Member

This is Saeed Abdolhosseini. I am very interested in the area of agent based modeling and it is about 3 years that I am working on Agent-Based Modeling. I have a good experience of working with Netlogo &Repast simphony & Anylogic. I have developed a few ABM application.

Specialties: Agent-based models of social systems

Agent Based Modeling

hirbod Member since: Saturday, September 01, 2012

BSc Computer Science

Multi-agent Systems, Agent Based Modeling, Artificial Intelligence

Francesc Bellaubi Member since: Thursday, June 27, 2013

PhD candidate

performance of urban water service provision, high levels of inequities and inefficiency persist. In terms of water distribution and cost, these undesirable patterns have a high impact on peri-urban areas usually populated by marginalized and poor populations. The high levels of Non-Revenue Water (NRW), together with the existence of corrupt practices and mismanagement of water utilities, remain a highly controversial issue.

This situation confronts rent-seeking theory directly, explaining the performance-corruption relationship (Repetto, 1986). The presumption is that low performance in water supply service provision results from corruption because rent-seeking occurs. Hence, the implementation of performance-oriented reforms in the water supply sector, such as regulation or private sector participation, will reduce corruption, increasing the efficiency of water service provision. Nevertheless, latest evidence shows that “key elements of good political governance have a positive effect on the access to water services in developing countries. In turn, private sector participation has little influence other than increasing internal efficiency of water providers” (Krausse, 2009).

Indeed the relation between governance, corruption and performance seems to be more complex than theory wants to acknowledge. It must be reviewed further than a simple cause-effect relationship. It appears that poor management of water utilities, evidenced by high levels of NRW, justifies new investments. Such practices can be encouraged by an “opportunistic management”, whilst at the same time maintaining an influential “hydrocratic elite” in the sphere of water control.

The present research proposal aims to understand the relation between mismanagement and corruption of water control practices in water supply service provision. The research examines how this relationship affects the performance of water service provision and relates to water supply governance models at municipal peri-urban level in three African countries.

To understand the mismanagement-corruption relationship, we look at different case studies of water supply service provision in Senegal, Ghana and Kenya. Each case represents a different governance model in terms of management practices, institutional and organizational settings, and the actors in place, which affects the performance of water service provision in terms of allocative efficiency and access to water (equity). Whether regulation, decentralization and private sector participation constitute possible ways to reduce corruption is examined in the context of water sector reform.

In a second step, we propose a theoretical model based on Agent Based Modelling (ABM) (Pahl-Wostl, 2007) to reproduce complex social networks under a Socio-Ecological System (SES) framework approach. The model will allow us to test whether collaborative governance in the form of collective action in a participatory and negotiated decision-making process for water control, can reduce corruption and increase performance.

The present research benefits from the project “Transparency and Integrity in Service Delivery in Sub-Saharan Africa”. This project, carried out by Transparency International (TI) in 8 Sub-Saharan countries, aims to increase access to education, health and water by improving transparency and integrity in basic service delivery. The proposal retains focus on Senegal, Ghana and Kenya in the water sector.

Key words: water control, mismanagement, corruption, performance, collaborative governance, modelling, collective action, negotiation, participation

Malik Koné Member since: Thursday, January 21, 2016

Master in mathematics and didactics

Agent Based Modeling (ABM), Agent Based Social System (ABSS), Multi-Agent Systems (MAS), Bayesian learning, Social networks Analysis (SNA), Socio ecological Dynamics.

Cristina Chueca Del Cerro Member since: Friday, May 15, 2020

I’m a PhD researcher at the University of Glasgow working on modelling political polarisation on social media platforms suing agent-based models

agent-based models, social networks, python, R, NetLogo

Carole Adam Member since: Friday, February 03, 2017

PhD in Artificial Intelligence

Improving agent models and architectures for agent-based modelling and simulation applied to crisis management. In particular modelling of BDI agents, emotions, cognitive biases, social attachment, etc.

Robert Canales Member since: Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Environmental Engineering, PhD, Statistics, MS

I use agent-based systems, stochastic process, mass balance models and computational statistics in exploring human exposure assessment.

Konstantinos Raptis Member since: Saturday, December 08, 2012

Master's degree, Information Management and Web Technologies, University of the Aegean, DipEng, Information and Communication Systems Engineering, University of the Aegean

Francisco Grimaldo Member since: Sunday, November 03, 2013

PhD. in Computer Science

My main research interests are agent-based modeling, simulation of social complexity, computational social choice, distributed systems and applied artificial intelligence.

Laura Merz Member since: Wednesday, May 08, 2019 Full Member

Master student in Sustainable Development at Uppsala University

Sustainable Development
Systems Analysis
System Thinking
Agent-based Modelling
Socio-technical Systems
Rethinking Economics
Social Sciences

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