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Optimisation Methods and Applications to Socio-environmental Principle-agent Problems in the Critical Zone

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For this Research Topic, submissions focused on applications are encouraged but not limited to agri-environmental and socio-economic policy problems such as those related to agricultural management, land use allocations, water rights and use, and adoption of sustainable technology and management.

Theoretical or methodological advances may include but are not limited to the genres of game theory, evolutionary and hybrid algorithms, operations research, hierarchical optimization, evolutionary economics, and agent-based modelling.

Principle-agent problems comprise a broad context in which two or more parties seek to optimize objectives that are linked and often conflicting. Modelling these social systems becomes especially complicated when considering asymmetric access to information and uncertainty associated with human behaviour as well as system drivers. Integrated modelling frameworks and multi-objective optimization approaches have been widely used to simultaneously optimize conflicting objectives amidst multiple stakeholders, while considering various sources of uncertainty.

In this Research Topic, we seek recent methods and applications of optimization approaches in the context of economic and socio-environmental principle-agent problems. For example, effective targeted agri-environmental policy requires optimization of both policymaker objectives (such as minimizing total policy cost or maximizing large-scale environmental benefit) as well as landowner objectives (such as maximizing individual profit or maximizing local environmental benefit) to ensure suitable adoption and feasible outcomes. Optimizing integrated economic and environmental objectives using linked models can therefore offer viable policy alternatives as solutions to this principle-agent problem.

The following article types are available: Original Research, Mini Review, Opinion, Review, Technology and Code, Brief Research Report, Conceptual Analysis, Perspective and Methods.


Keywords: Optimization, Principle-Agent models, Integrated modelling, Socio-environmental systems, trade-off analysis, synergies, socio-environmental policy, land use, water use


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

For this Research Topic, submissions focused on applications are encouraged but not limited to agri-environmental and socio-economic policy problems such as those related to agricultural management, land use allocations, water rights and use, and adoption of sustainable technology and management.

Theoretical or methodological advances may include but are not limited to the genres of game theory, evolutionary and hybrid algorithms, operations research, hierarchical optimization, evolutionary economics, and agent-based modelling.

Principle-agent problems comprise a broad context in which two or more parties seek to optimize objectives that are linked and often conflicting. Modelling these social systems becomes especially complicated when considering asymmetric access to information and uncertainty associated with human behaviour as well as system drivers. Integrated modelling frameworks and multi-objective optimization approaches have been widely used to simultaneously optimize conflicting objectives amidst multiple stakeholders, while considering various sources of uncertainty.

In this Research Topic, we seek recent methods and applications of optimization approaches in the context of economic and socio-environmental principle-agent problems. For example, effective targeted agri-environmental policy requires optimization of both policymaker objectives (such as minimizing total policy cost or maximizing large-scale environmental benefit) as well as landowner objectives (such as maximizing individual profit or maximizing local environmental benefit) to ensure suitable adoption and feasible outcomes. Optimizing integrated economic and environmental objectives using linked models can therefore offer viable policy alternatives as solutions to this principle-agent problem.

The following article types are available: Original Research, Mini Review, Opinion, Review, Technology and Code, Brief Research Report, Conceptual Analysis, Perspective and Methods.


Keywords: Optimization, Principle-Agent models, Integrated modelling, Socio-environmental systems, trade-off analysis, synergies, socio-environmental policy, land use, water use


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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