Wander Jager


  • Hoendiepskade23 -24, Gebouw 4345

    9718 BG Groningen


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Wander Jager (PhD, 2000, University of Groningen) is Associate Professor at the University College Groningen and managing director of the Groningen Center for Social Complexity Studies. A key theme in his work is studying the dynamics of human behaviour in environmental/societal/technological contexts. Using computational models of human behaviour allows formalising interactions between social and other disciplines.

Wander Jager has participated in several EU-funded international research projects (EREP, PRIMA, eGovPoliNet, the SMARTEES project the latest on developing social simulations for local innovations in cities).

The EU funded ACTISS educational project has produced on-line material for teaching computational social science. 

Current EU projects are INCITE-DEM which is aimed at Inclusive Citizenship in a World in Transformation. PHOENIX which is aimed at The Rise of Citizen Voices for a Greener Europe. MOBI-TWIN which is aimed at a Twin Transition and changing patterns of spatial mobility: a regional approach. He is member of research groups of the Agricola school addressing sustainable landscapes, democracy and governance, and Risk, Crises and Resilience. 

Main areas of expertise: social complexity, modelling human behavior, agent based modelling, sustainable transition.

Recent generic papers:

Wang, H.-H., van Voorn, G., Grant, W.E., Zare, F., Giupponi, C., Steinmann, P., Müller, B., Elsawah, S., van Delden, H., Athanasiadis, I.N., Sun, Z., Jager, W., Little, J.C., & Jakeman, A.J. Scale decisions and good practices in socio-environmental systems modelling: guidance and documentation during problem scoping and model formulation. Socio-Environmental Systems Modelling, vol. 5, 18563, 2023.

Jager, W. (2021). Using agent-based modelling to explore behavioural dynamics affecting our climate. Current Opinion in Psychology, 42, 133-139. 

Jager, W. (2017). Enhancing the Realism of Simulation (EROS): On Implementing and Developing Psychological Theory in Social Simulation. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation 20 (3) 14 <http://jasss.soc.surrey.ac.uk/20/3/14.html>. doi: 10.18564/jasss.3522

Nyborg, K., Anderies, J.M., Dannenberg, A., Lindahl, T., Schill, C., Schlüter, M., Adger, W.N., Arrow, K.J., Barrett, S., Carpenter, S., Chapin III, S.F., Crépin, A.S., Daily, G., Ehrlich, P., Folke, C., Jager, W., Kautsky, N., Levin, S.A., Madsen, O.J., Polasky, S., Scheffer, M., Walker, B., Weber, E.U., Wilen, J., Xepapadeas, A., De Zeeuw, A., (2016). Social norms as solutions: Policies may influence large-scale behavioral tipping. Science, 07 Oct 2016: Vol. 354, Issue 6308, pp. 42-43


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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