Posted on September 2, 2014 by Naomi Finseth

Dr. Hal Nelson (Research Associate Professor in the Division of Politics and Economics at Claremont Graduate University) will be visiting the University of Alberta in September 2014. He will be giving two free public lectures on the North and Augustana Campuses on the Sustainable Energy Modeling Program (SEMPro), background for key SEMPro, LLC personnel, as well as their research agenda. Dr Nelson’s presentations will also explicate the design and results of the SEMPro decision support system for energy infrastructure siting. The software helps decision makers reduce infrastructure siting conflicts by identifying key concessions that project sponsors can make that reduce the negative impacts to local communities

Dr. Hal Nelson (Research Associate Professor in the Division of Politics and Economics at Claremont Graduate University) will be visiting the University of Alberta in September 2014. He will be giving two free public lectures on the North and Augustana Campuses on the Sustainable Energy Modeling Program (SEMPro), background for key SEMPro, LLC personnel, as well as their research agenda. Dr Nelson’s presentations will also explicate the design and results of the SEMPro decision support system for energy infrastructure siting. The software helps decision makers reduce infrastructure siting conflicts by identifying key concessions that project sponsors can make that reduce the negative impacts to local communities (full abstract below).

Presentation #1
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
12 PM – 1 PM
2-140, ECHA, U of A, North Campus, Edmonton, AB

Presentation #2
Thursday, September 18, 2014
12 PM – 1 PM
Dr. Roger Epp Conference Room, U of A, Augustana Campus, Camrose, AB

Abstract: Simulating Social Sustainability: Agent-Based Modeling of Energy Infrastructure Projects

Siting new energy infrastructure projects to meet growing demand is becoming increasingly contentious and costly. Dr. Nelson’s September presentations will provide background on the Sustainable Energy Modeling Program (SEMPro), background for key SEMPro, LLC personnel, as well as their research agenda. Dr Nelson’s presentation will also explicate the design and results of the SEMPro decision support system for energy infrastructure siting. The software helps decision makers reduce infrastructure siting conflicts by identifying key concessions that project sponsors can make that reduce the negative impacts to local communities. This type of decision support system can potentially shorten permitting times and improve economic and environmental outcomes for contentious siting projects. SEMPro makes two major contributions to planning decision support by fusing geographical information system data with a multi agent-based model (ABM) of citizen attitude and behavior diffusion to predict the outcomes of permitting decisions and explaining emergent opposition behavior. SEMPro also integrates an ABM with spatial bargaining models of stakeholder and regulatory decision making to simulate the real world complexity of infrastructure permitting.

Bio: Dr. Hal Nelson is a Research Associate Professor in Division of Politics and Economics at Claremont Graduate University

Dr. Nelson’s goal is to develop practical solutions to complex social, environmental, political, and economic problems. His research focuses on stakeholder participation and facilitation, simulation modeling, and economic analysis. Nelson is a principal in the development of the Sustainable Energy Modeling Project (SEMPro), a decision support system that simulates citizen and stakeholder opposition to new energy facilities using GIS, agent-based modeling, and game theory. The software provides decision makers with strategic guidance on building stakeholder consensus to improve both sustainability outcomes and operational efficiencies.

Dr. Nelson is an energy consultant, and former member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange where developed and executed arbitrage and risk management strategies for institutional investors. Dr. Nelson has publications appearing in Energy Policy, The Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, Land Use Policy, Journal of Public Policy, The Journal of Policy Studies, The Journal of Environment and Development, The Journal of Environmental Planning and Management and other top journals.


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