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Description discussed there and with an accompanying paper here: (discussion paper) and peer reviewed here: Kai Neumann, Carl Anderson, and Manfred Denich (2018). Participatory, explorative, qualitative modeling: application of the iMODELER software to assess trade-offs among the SDGs.  Economics: The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, 12 (2018-25): 1–19. 


Qualitative cause and effect model on the SDGs

This is a model that we (...) use for a paper yet to be published. Please copy (on you find the link to insert it into your account) it into your free account of iMODELER in order to enhance it and weight the connections to fit a concrete region or nation. You may also consider two concrete countries, e.g. a developed country and a developing country.


The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in their
generalized form need to be further reflected in order to identify synergies
and trade-offs between their (sub-)targets, and to apply them to concrete
nations and regions. Explorative, qualitative cause and effect modeling could
serve as a tool to add crucial factors and get a better understanding of the
interrelations between the goals to come up with concrete measures and to cope
with their obstacles. This model could serve
as a template for a concrete application. The generalized model already points
at some potential ambivalences as well as synergies that could be related to
some latest theories and concepts from economics, transition research etc.. Its
first analyses cautiously raise doubts that some possible assumptions behind
the original sustainable development goals might overlook some systemic
boundaries. For example an undifferentiated increase of productivity combined
with planetary boundaries and the only myth of decoupling of growth from
environmental impact and need for resources might be the wrong way. 

Time horizon:

short term: within 3 years
medium term: within 3 to 10 years
long term: beyond 10 years

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Kai Neumann

Kai Neumann

Now it is not "just" a discussion paper but a regular peer reviewed one: Kai Neumann, Carl Anderson, and Manfred Denich (2018). Participatory, explorative, qualitative modeling: application of the iMODELER software to assess trade-offs among the SDGs. Economics: The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, 12 (2018-25): 1–19.
Kai Neumann

Kai Neumann replies ReinerS

Thanks for the link, Reiner. I will have a closer look. The model here should just show how we can use the SDG model as a starting point to embed a concrete topic. The application itself was just a short workshop, yet it serves as an example for the linked paper.
BTW: the game you brought to the MODELER-Camp inspires me to develop a simulation game on land use and bio economy for example in African countries. Carl is also interested. More to come :-)


Hello Kai, always interested in SDGs and more :-)
In this case WATER & RIVERS reminded me of a game (action learning) regarding water ressources and participatory management called Wat-A-Game. And as I take a look, they have developed a lot more, since my last glance, a few years ago.
Greets - Reiner -

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