Improved modelling of lifestyle changes in Integrated Assessment Models : Cross-disciplinary insights from methodologies and theories

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van den Berg , N J , Hof , A F , Akenji , L , Edelenbosch , O Y , van Sluisveld , M A E , Timmer , V J & van Vuuren , D P 2019 , ' Improved modelling of lifestyle changes in Integrated Assessment Models : Cross-disciplinary insights from methodologies and theories ' , Energy Strategy Reviews , vol. 26 , 100420 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.esr.2019.100420

Title: Improved modelling of lifestyle changes in Integrated Assessment Models : Cross-disciplinary insights from methodologies and theories
Author: van den Berg, N.J.; Hof, A.F.; Akenji, Lewis; Edelenbosch, O.Y.; van Sluisveld, M.A.E.; Timmer, V.J.; van Vuuren, D.P.
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Consumer Studies Research Group
Date: 2019-11
Language: eng
Belongs to series: Energy Strategy Reviews
ISSN: 2211-467X
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/312742
Abstract: Recent studies show that lifestyle changes can provide an essential contribution to achieving the Paris climate targets. While some efforts have been made to incorporate lifestyle changes into model-based scenarios, the attempts are currently very stylised and included exogenously. This paper discusses current efforts to represent lifestyle change in models, and analyses potential insights from relevant scientific disciplines to improve the representation of lifestyle changes in models – including modelling specific behaviour changes, identifying cross-cutting lifestyle solutions, representing the intentions behind the changes and quantifying their impacts. As such, this research attempts to bridge the gap between qualitative and quantitative theories and methodologies. Based on the results of this literature analysis, we recommend defining lifestyle changes more harmoniously, exploring an expanded range of approaches, domains and transformative solutions, adopting a whole-systems approach, and addressing the trade-offs between the use of exogenous inputs and endogenous modelling. © 2019 The Authors
Subject: Behaviour change
Integrated assessment
Mitigation
Scenarios
Sustainable lifestyles
Energy management
Behaviour changes
Economic and social effects
1172 Environmental sciences
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