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Marco Janssen

Marco Janssen
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Professor, School of Sustainability
Director, Center for Behavior, Institutions and the Environment, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

School of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502

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.

PhD, University of Maastricht, The Netherlands, 1996

MA, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 1992

BA, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 1988

Journal Articles


Baggio, J. A., N. D. Rollins, I. Perez and M. A. Janssen. 2015. Irrigation experiments in the lab: Trust, environmental variability, and collective action. Ecology and Society 20(4):Art. 12. DOI: 10.5751/ES-07772-200412. (link )

Janssen, M. A., T. Lindahl and J. J. Murphy. 2015. Advancing the understanding of behavior in social-ecological systems: Results from lab and field experiments. Ecology and Society 20(4):Art. 34. DOI: 10.5751/ES-08097-200434. (link )

Perez, I., D. J. Yu, M. A. Janssen and J. M. Anderies. 2015. Social roles and performances of social-ecological systems: Evidence from behavioral lab experiments. Ecology and Society 20(3):Art. 23. DOI: 10.5751/ES-07493-200323. (link )


Janssen, M. A., A. Lee and T. M. Waring. 2014. Experimental platforms for behavioral experiments on social-ecological systems. Ecology and Society 19(4):Art. 20. DOI: 10.5751/ES-06895-190420. (link )


Anderies, J. M., M. A. Janssen, A. Lee and H. Wasserman. 2013. Environmental variability and collective action: Experimental insights from an irrigation game. Ecological Economics 93(Sep):166-176. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2013.04.010. (link )

Janssen, M. A. 2013. The role of information in governing the commons: Experimental results. Ecology and Society 18(4):Art. 4. DOI: 10.5751/ES-05664-180404. (link )


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. A. Janssen. 2012. An uncommon scholar of the commons. Ecology and Society 17(2):Art. 31. DOI: 10.5751/ES-05110-170231. (link )

Janssen, M. A., F. Bousquet, J. Camilo Cardenas, D. Castillo and K. Worrapimphong. 2012. Field experiments of irrigation dilemmas. Agricultural Systems 109(Jun):65-75. DOI: 10.1016/j.agsy.2012.03.004. (link )

Muneepeerakul, R., M. R. Qubbaj, R. M. Aggarwal, J. M. Anderies and M. A. Janssen. 2012. Critical transition between cohesive and population-dividing responses to change. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 9:3303-3311. DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2012.0431. (link )

Salau, K., M. L. Schoon, J. Baggio and M. A. Janssen. 2012. Varying effects of connectivity and dispersal on interacting species dynamics. Ecological Modelling


Anderies, J. M. and M. A. Janssen. 2011. The fragility of robust social-ecological systems. Global Environmental Change 21(4):1153-1156. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2011.07.004. (link )

Baggio, J., K. Salau, M. A. Janssen, M. L. Schoon and O. Bodin. 2011. Landscape connectivity and predator-prey population dynamics. Landscape Ecology 26(1):33-45. DOI: DOI: 10.1007/s10980-010-9493-y. (link )

Janssen, M. A. and J. M. Anderies. 2011. Governing the commons: Learning from field and laboratory experiments. Ecological Economics 70(9):1569-1570. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2011.03.023. (link )

Janssen, M. A., J. M. Anderies and S. Joshi. 2011. Coordination and cooperation in asymmetric commons dilemmas. Experimental Economics 14(4):547-566. DOI: 10.1007/s10683-011-9281-9. (link )

Rodriguez, A. A., O. Cifdaloz, J. M. Anderies, M. A. Janssen and J. Dickeson. 2011. Confronting management challenges in highly uncertain natural resource systems: A robustness-vulnerability trade-off approach. Environmental Modeling and Assessment 16(1):15-36. (link )


Janssen, M. A., R. Holahan, A. Lee and E. Ostrom. 2010. . Lab experiments for the study of social-ecological systems. Science 328(5978):613-617. DOI: 10.1126/science.1183532. (link )


Janssen, M. A., L. Na Alessa, M. Barton, S. Bergin and A. Lee. 2008. Towards a community framework for agent-based modeling. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation 11(2):Art. 6.


Anderies, J. M., A. A. Rodriguez, M. A. Janssen and O. Cifdaloz. 2007. Panaceas, uncertainty, and the robust control framework in sustainability science. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) 104(39):15194-15199. (link )

Janssen, M. A. 2007. Coordination in irrigation systems: An analysis of the Lansing-Kremer model of Bali. Agricultural Systems 93(1-3):170-190. DOI: 10.1016/j.agsy.2006.05.004. (link )

Janssen, M. A. and J. M. Anderies. 2007. Robustness trade-offs in social-ecological systems. International Journal of the Commons 1(1):43-66. (link )

Janssen, M. A., J. M. Anderies and E. Ostrom. 2007. Robustness of social-ecological systems in spatial and temporal variability. Society and Natural Resources 20(4):307-322. DOI: 10.1080/08941920601161320. (link )

Ostrom, E., M. A. Janssen and J. M. Anderies. 2007. Going beyond panaceas special feature: Going beyond panaceas. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) 104:15176-15178. (link )


Janssen, M. A., O. Bodin, J. M. Anderies, T. Elmqvist, H. Ernstson, R. McAllister, P. Olsson and P. Ryan. 2006. Toward a network perspective of the study of resilience in social-ecological systems. Ecology and Society 11(1):Art. 15. (link )

Janssen, M. A. and E. Ostrom. 2006. Empirically based, agent-based models. Ecology and Society 11(2):Art. 37. (link )

Janssen, M. A., M. L. Schoon, K. Borner and W. Ke. 2006. Scholarly networks on resilience, vulnerability, and adaptation. Global Environmental Change 16(3):240-252.

Young, O. R., F. Berkhout, G. Gallopin, M. A. Janssen, E. Ostrom and S. E. van der Leeuw. 2006. The globalization of socio-ecological systems: An agenda for scientific research. Global Environmental Change 16(3):304-316. DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2006.03.004. (link )


Anderies, J. M., M. A. Janssen and E. Ostrom. 2004. A framework to analyze the robustness of social-ecological systems from an institutional perspective. Ecology and Society 9(1):18. (link )

Janssen, M. A., J. M. Anderies and B. Walker. 2004. Robust strategies for managing rangelands with multiple stable attractors. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 47(1):140-162.


Anderies, J. M., M. A. Janssen and B. H. Walker. 2002. Grazing management, resilience, and the dynamics of a fire-driven rangeland system. Ecosystems 5(1):23-44. (link )

Walker, B. H., S. R. Carpenter, J. M. Anderies, N. Abel, G. S. Cumming, M. A. Janssen, L. Lebel, J. Norberg, G. D. Peterson and R. Pritchard. 2002. Resilience management in social-ecological systems: A working hypothesis for a participatory approach. Conservation Ecology 6(1):Art 14. (link )



Poteete, A. R., M. A. Janssen and E. Ostrom. 2010. Working Together: Collective Action, the Commons and Multiple Methods in Practice. Princeton University Press. Princeton, New Jersey.

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. A. 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.



Anderies, J. M., H. Eakin, M. A. Janssen, C. Redman, A. Barnett, J. Baggio, S. BurnSilver, D. Manuel-Navarrete, M. Schoon and S. van der Leeuw. 2014. Resilience thinking in an urbanizing world. Presentation at the Resilience 2014 Resilience and Development: Mobilizing for Transformation, 4-8 May 2014, Le Corum, Montpellier, France. (link )


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