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Agent-Based Modelling of Values: The Case of Value Sensitive Design for Refugee Logistics

Christine Boshuijzen- van Burken (), Ross Gore (), Frank Dignum (), Lamber Royakkers (), Phillip Wozny () and F. LeRon Shults ()
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Ross Gore: https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=Sp4pikIAAAAJ
Frank Dignum: https://www.umu.se/personal/frank-dignum/
F. LeRon Shults: http://www.leronshultsblog.com

Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 2020, vol. 23, issue 4, 6

Abstract: We have used value sensitive design as a method to develop an agent-based model of values in humanitarian logistics for refugees. Schwartz's theory of universal values is implemented in the model in such a way that agents can make value trade-offs, which are operationalized into a measure of refugee wellbeing and a measure of public opinion about how the refugee logistics is being handled. By trying out different ‘value-scenarios’, stakeholders who are responsible for, or involved in refugee logistics can have insights into the effects of various value choices. The model is visualized and made usable as a platform (interactive website) for decision-makers to understand the trade-offs in policies for government and non-government organizations.

Keywords: Agent Based Model; Value Sensitive Design; Simulation and Policy; Humanitarian Logistics; Refugees; Schwartz Values (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-10-31
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