Ambitious climate mitigation policies face social and political resistance. One reason is that existing policies insufficiently capture the diversity of relevant insights from the social sciences about potential policy outcomes. We argue that agent-based models can serve as a powerful tool for integration of elements from different disciplines. Having such a common platform will enable a more complete assessment of climate policies, in terms of criteria like effectiveness, equity and public support. This article is categorized under: Climate Models and Modeling > Knowledge Generation with Models The Carbon Economy and Climate Mitigation > Policies, Instruments, Lifestyles, Behavior Policy and Governance > Multilevel and Transnational Climate Change Governance.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere811
Number of pages9
JournalWiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change
Early online date27 Nov 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Nov 2022


  • agent-based modelling
  • climate change
  • policy acceptability
  • policy integration
  • policy stringency


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