Scientific understanding of stakeholders' behavior in mining community

Masami Nakagawa, Kyle Bahr, Derek Levy

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We attempt to understand, scientifically, how different members of the mining concession, impacted communities, and government authorities behave when a conflicting situation arises. The main purpose of our effort is to start developing a framework for the scientific modeling of stakeholders' behavior, and we create a reality-driven generic scenario of conflict. We assume that the managers and superintendants of a mining operation currently envision a problem; one that tests the limits of the commitment of the company's mission statement, and of the spectrum of actions taken which are embedded in the "culture" of the company's corporate social responsibility. It is an "event" that highlights the nature of an overall problem that the company would like to predict and act proactively: the integration of scientific tools, sustainability, and cultural realities within a mining framework. We adapt an agent-based modeling approach and start with a theoretical understanding of certain social behavior, build a model, and simulate "what if" scenarios to understand its dynamics to gain a better insight of the complexity of a seemingly simple social system of interest.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)497-510
Number of pages14
JournalEnvironment, Development and Sustainability
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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