In this blog, Anxo Sánchez, coordinator of the FET-Open IBSEN project, explains how a better understanding of the way in which humans behave in large groups can help with real-word issues and with the testing of policies.

Picture showing the IBSEN project logo

FET-Open project IBSEN models and helps us understand large-scale human behaviour. This can be, in turn, used to test policies. One of the main novelties of the project is the use of concepts from Complexity Science in the analysis of large groups of people; these take into account global behaviours that are not predictable from the behaviour of each individuals.

The IBSEN consortium includes 7 universities from Spain, UK, Finland and Holland; it is led by University Carlos III from Madrid and the scientific project coordiantor is Prof. Anxo Sanchez. These partners bring interdisciplinary expertise from Complexity Science, Economics, Social Sciences and Political Decision Making.

In this blog, Prof. Sanchez explains what the project involves in practice and the benefits it may bring to a variety of real-world issues, including how to drive a car on a road full of driverless vehicles, how to make investment decisions, how a universal basic income could influence our performance, or how we could participate in actions to mitigate climate change and global warming. The project results can thus be used to test policies in all of these areas and more!