Modelling Projects

Browse the diverse Modelling projects hosted at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development

Ongoing projects

RESILIENCE (2023-2029)

The aim of RESILIENCE is to fundamentally advance our understanding and predictions of tipping and critical transitions in ecosystems and reveal how these can be evaded and even reversed through spatial pattern formation. More.

ESCIB (2024-2028)

ESCIB will develop a robust method to assess the environmental sustainability and circularity of bio-based systems, taking into account spatial-explicit environmental impacts and temporal-explicit circularity measurements. More.

ECO-MIND (2024-2027)

Enhancing pro-environmental behaviours and mental health through nature contact for urban youth: A multi-country study using geographic ecological momentary assessment and mental models. More.

GAIM (2022-2026)

Long-term consumer and community empowerment in energy applications through inclusive game design, artificial intelligence and system modelling . More.

Rebound effects of circular business models (2022-2026)
This research will develop a framework combining environmental, behavioural and innovation sciences to better estimate the impact of circular business models, with a focus on rebound effects. Such a framework can inform policy and business decision-making as comparisons between alternatives reflect reality more closely. More.

ERC-funded PROBLEMSHIFTING investigates the causes and effects of problem-shifting between international environmental treaty regimes, with a view to improving their overall effectiveness. More.

PICASSO (2021-2025)

This project aims to identify transformation processes needed for achieving a large set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and key synergies and trade-offs among SDG indicators. More.


The Targeting Mental Models of Climate Change Risk to facilitate Climate Action (MECCA) project aims to identify adaptation and mitigation strategies by analyzing the gap between perceptions of change and risk and projected impacts of human activities under changing climatic conditions in East and West Africa. More.

Past projects

Climaginaries (2018-2022)

Climaginaries experiments with various techniques of collective imagination, ranging from quantitative model-based scenarios to cultural representations, aiming to better understand the transformative, often context-related capacity of imaginaries. More.