A participatory modelling approach to assess human behavior and decision making in the context of Climate Change Adaptation and Food Security strategies in Mali, West Africa

Udita Sanga

Michigan State University

Udita Sanga is a PhD Candidate specializing in Environment Science and Policy  at the Department of Community Sustainability in Michigan State University. She has a master’s degree in Ecology from Utah State University and a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Biotechnology from Birla Institute of Technology, India.  Udita is a Team Leader and co-Principal Investigator (PI) of a student-led Graduate Pursuit project funded by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) at Annapolis, Maryland (http://www.sesync.org/project/socio-environmental- synthesis-research- for-graduate-students/agrarian-adaptation). Her team's project is titled “Modelling adaptation and vulnerability to climate risks from the “ground-up”: A case of smallholder agriculturalists across North India”. This project asks: How can policy-makers develop comprehensive adaptation policies across regional socio-environmental systems using information on the processes of adoption of potential adaptation strategies for individual farmers? For her dissertation, Udita works on an NSF-funded project “"Participatory ensemble modeling to study the multiscale social and behavioral dynamics of food security in dryland West Africa" where she focuses on the differential vulnerability and adaptive capacity of rural farmers to climatic shocks and exploring the barriers and enablers of effective climate adaptation. She is interested in exploring the social, environmental, economic as well as the behavioral aspects of  response of farmers to climate change using a combination of participatory and computational modelling techniques such as mental models, system dynamics and agent based models.


West Africa struggles with high levels of food insecurity (IFPRI, 2013). Components of food security form complex socio-ecological systems which operate at various scales and involve various environmental, economic, cultural,... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Udita Sanga (Michigan State University)

Topic Areas

• Human behavior and rebound , • Decision support methods and tools , • Public policy and governance


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