Dr. J. Schindler

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faculteit der aard- en levenswetenschappen ( environm geogr )


Julia's main research interest is to integrate human agency on global land-change simulation. In particular, she is trying to bridge the currently missing link between broad underlying drivers such economic growth, demographic, cultural and climate change on the one hand and land change on the other, in terms of typically human processes of decision making, heterogeneity, and social interaction. The challenge is to balance between the fragmentariness of existing data at the global scale, computational limitations and the demand for integrating agency. The research is being conducted within the GLOLAND project of Prof. Peter Verburg.

Julia was working as a post-doc at the Center for Development Research in Bonn, Germany, where she also did her PhD. During and after her PhD she has been working on agent-based simulation of human-environment systems and land-use change on the local scale, based on field work in developing countries (Uzbekistan and Ghana). After her post-doc phase, she worked as visiting scholar at the United Nations University (UNU-EHS) in Bonn, Germany, where she got familiar with the topics of hazards and vulnerability, followed by a visit at the Center for Research in Social Simulation (CRESS) in Surrey, Great Britain. Inspired by the these visits, she was lured into social science to improve on her methodological skills, which she studied for one term, before taking up her position at IVM.


Land-use change, agent-based modelling, modelling of human decision making, agriculture and development in developing countries, social science and psychology, modelling of resilience and vulnerability.

Academic training

2005Diploma mathematics in combination with geography, Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Germany
2009PhD in geography, Center for Development Research, Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Germany

Professional employment history

2009-2012Postdoctoral Researcher at the Center for Development Research, Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Germany

Recent projects

GLOLAND – Global land change modelling (ERC grant)

Selected publications

Link to full publication list and downloads: http://www.julia-schindler.de/

  • Schindler, J. (2010). A Multi-Agent System for Simulating Land-Use and Land-Cover Change in the Atankwidi Catchment in Upper East Ghana. Dissertation. Ecology and Development Series No. 68.
  • Khamzina, A. & Schindler, J. (2010). Exploring the underrated potential of dryland afforestation for climate change mitigation. ZEF newsletter no. 23. 
  • Schindler, J. (2012). Rethinking the Tragedy of the Commons: The integration of socio-psychological dispositions. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation,15(1), 4.
  • Schindler, J. (2012). A simple agent-based model of the Tragedy of the Commons. In Troitzsch, K.G. & Möhring, M. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 26th European Conference on Modelling and Simulation. May 29th-June 1st, 2012, Koblenz, Germany (peer-reviewed).
  • Schindler, J. (2012). The importance of being accurate in agent-based models - an illustration with agent aging. In Guttmann, C. & Timm, IJ. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 10th German Conference on Multiagent System Technologies. Trier - Germany, October, 10th-12th, 2012, Springer (peer-reviewed, full paper).
  • Schindler, J. (2013). About the Uncertainties in Model Design and Their Effects: An Illustration with a Land-Use Model. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 16(4), 6.
  • Schindler, J. (2013). Autonomous traffic-jam clearance using a frugal adaptive cruise control strategy. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences (Elsevier), Conference on Agent-Based Modeling in Transportation Planning and Operations, September 30 - October 2, 2013, Blacksburg, Virginia, US.
  • Schindler, J. (2013). Book review: Meeting at Grand Central: Understanding the Social and Evolutionary Roots of Cooperation. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 16(3).