Marco Janssen

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Associate Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Director, Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity

Arizona State University
School of Human Evolution and Social Change
PO Box 872402
Tempe, AZ 85287-2402


Dr. Janssen has worked on integrated assessment models of climate change and sustainable development, and done research on environmental economics and the evolution of institutional rules. He currently studies how robust interactions between social agents and their environment evolve or can be designed. He is interested in understanding how ecological dynamics, institutional arrangements, and human decision-making characteristics affect how human activities fit with the environment. Dr. Janssen teaches courses in agent-based modeling, and institutions and the environment.


global environmental change; human-environment interaction; institutional analysis; modeling and simulation; quantitative methods; complex adaptive systems; decisionmaking; bioeconomics; mathematical and system dynamics modeling


    Ph.D., University of Maastricht, The Netherlands, 1996

    M.A., Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 1992

    B.A., Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 1988

Journal Articles

In Press

Anderies, J. M., M. Janssen, S. Lee and H. Wasserman. In Press. Environmental variability and collective action: Experimental insights from an irrigation game. Ecological Economics


Anderies, J. M. and M. A. Janssen. 2012. Elinor Ostrom (1933-2012): Pioneer in the interdisciplinary science of coupled social-ecological systems. PLoS Biology 10(10):e1001405. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001405. (link)

Folke, C., J. M. Anderies, L. Gunderson and M. Janssen. 2012. An uncommon scholar of the commons. Ecology and Society 17(2):Art. 31. DOI: 10.5751/ES-05110-170231. (link)

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Book Chapters


Janssen, M. A. and J. M. Anderies. 2007. Stylized models to analyze robustness of irrigation systems. Pp. 157-173 In: Kohler, T. A. and S. E. van der Leeuw eds., The Model-Based Archaeology of Socionatural Systems. School for Advanced Research Press.


Anderies, J. M. 2002. The transition from local to global dynamics: A proposed framework fo agent-based thinking in social-ecological systems. Pp. 13-34 In: Janssen, M. ed., Complexity and Ecosystem Management: The Theory and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems. Edward Elgar.

Janssen, M. A., J. M. Anderies, M. Stafford-Smith and B. H. Walker. 2002. Implications of spatial heterogeneity of grazing pressure on the resilience of rangelands. Pp. 103-123 Complexity and Ecosystem Management: The Theory and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems. Edward Elgar.



Janssen, M. 2006. Dynamics of rules in commons dilemmas. Presentation at the January 19, 2006 8th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium, Tempe, AZ.


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