Social Identity Approach Modelling

Session Chairs:

Nanda Wijermans –

Geeske Scholz –


The Social Identity Approach (SIA) is a promising approach from the social sciences that describes how people behave while being part of a group, how groups interact and how these interactions and ‘appropriate group behaviours’ can change over time. Agent-based modelling on the other hand, is a powerful approach to address complex social science questions in ways that allow for studying over-time dynamics and causal mechanisms in a systematic and controlled manner. We regard the combination of SIA & ABM as a promising combination that enables us to push the frontiers in understanding human (group) behaviour in its social environment.

In this special track of the ESSA special interest group SIAM, we invite any submissions that focus on formalising aspects of social identity approaches with agent-based modelling. We welcome a variety of application domains and invite for reflection on the way formalisation choices have been made.