We are organizing two sessions along the theme of “Clandestine and Illicit Economies as Drivers of Land System Dynamics” at the 4th Open Science Meeting (OSM) of the Global Land Programme in Bern, Switzerland, April 24-26, 2019. These sessions’ objectives are to delve into how clandestine and illicit transactions – i.e., economic/capital exchanges involving land that are intentionally hidden or non-public because they break formal laws – influence land system dynamics, and how best to advance policy and governance interventions into illicit transactions.
The two session are as follows:
1) Research session: “Clandestine and Illicit Economies as Drivers of Land System Dynamics”
The importance of clandestine and illicit economies as drivers of land system dynamics is becoming more widely recognized. Yet, causally linking these activities and their associated capital flows to land system state and transformation remains difficult, and challenges attempts to conceptualize, detect, and study clandestine and illicit economies as land system components comparable to legal economic activities. This session will seek submissions that explore 1) how clandestine and illicit economies support or threaten land systems (OSM Theme 1), and/or 2) how Land System Science (LSS) perspectives and approaches can be used to gain insights into how clandestine and illicit economies operate (OSM Theme 3).
2) Innovative and Immersive session: “Policy and Governance of Illicit and/or Clandestine Transactions and Land-Use Changes”
This immersive session invites a range of practitioners and watchdog organizations to reflect on the role of science in informing policy on this topic, and present what they see as the types of evidence and/or research required to better govern harmful effects of illicit capital flows and/or clandestine transactions on people and nature. Panelists will be invited to comment on key questions and the policy relevance (or lack thereof) of the research in the preceding panel on the same topic, as well as field audience questions to discuss this important issue. This innovative/immersive session supports OSM theme 3 by proposing steps forward in supporting transformation regarding this global challenge.
Please find the Call for Abstracts for each session attached.
Submission of abstracts: https://www.conftool.com/osm2019/index.php?page=submissions
Submission deadline: October 30th, 2018
We look forward to receiving your abstracts for a session by October 30th and seeing you at the OSM.
Beth Tellman and Nicholas Magliocca
Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting
April 3-7, 2019, Washington, DC, USA
"Agent-Based Modeling of Human-Environment Interactions"
Nicholas Magliocca, Department of Geography, University of Alabama
Tom Evans, School of Geography and Development, University of Arizona
Call For Abstracts:
Agent-based modeling (ABM) is a maturing method applied across a diverse range of disciplines and topics. The broad uptake of ABMs is in part due the need to understand how individual-level attributes, motivations, and decision-making processes produce regional, sectoral, or population-level outcomes. Such understanding is critical for informing policy or management interventions of human-environment interactions to achieve desirable, aggregate outcomes, such as more sustainable natural resource consumption and/or reducing vulnerability. The aim of this session is to bring together researchers using ABM techniques (and associated methodologies) to discuss topics relating to theory, methodological issues, and novel application domains related to human-environment interactions.
Examples of salient themes and/or ABM application frontier could include:
Please e-mail the abstract and keywords with your expression of intent to Nicholas Magliocca (email@example.com) or Tom Evans (firstname.lastname@example.org) by October 17, 2018. Please make sure that your abstract conforms to the AAG guidelines in relation to title, word limit and key words and as specified at http://annualmeeting.aag.org/submit_an_abstract. An abstract should be no more than 250 words that describes the presentation's purpose, methods, and conclusions as well as to include keywords. Full submissions will be given priority over submissions with just a paper title.
SPONSORS: Spatial Analysis and Modeling, Geographic Information Systems and Science, Human Dimensions of Global Change