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Marco Janssen

Marco Janssen

Professor, School of Sustainability, College of Global Futures


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


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


Marco Janssen is a professor in the School of Sustainability and director for the Center for Behavior, Institutions and the Environment. He explores whether experimental games can be effective intervention tools to enhance self-governing solutions in rural India. What is the effect of globalization on vulnerability of rural communities to climate change? How do we navigate short term political targets to meet long term planetary boundaries? And how do we represent human behavior in line with empirical evidence in computational models of social-ecological systems?

To address these questions he combine behavioral experiments, agent-based modeling, and case study analyses.

He is also involved with cyber infrastructure development such as for the use of agent-based modeling, and the “virtual commons” ( and for the use of behavioral experiments on collective action and the commons.


  • PhD, University of Maastricht, The Netherlands, 1996
  • MA, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 1992
  • BA, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 1988


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Journal Articles


Shin, H. C., D. J. Yu, S. Park, J. M. Anderies, J. K. Abbott, M. A. Janssen and T. K. Ahn. 2020. How do resource mobility and group size affect institutional arrangements for rule enforcement? A qualitative comparative analysis of fishing groups in South Korea. Ecological Economics 174(Aug):Art. 106657. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2020.106657. (link )


Baeza-Castro, A., L. A. Bojorquez, M. A. Janssen and H. Eakin. 2019. Operationalizing the feedback between institutional decision-making, socio-political infrastructure, and environmental risk in urban vulnerability analysis. Journal of Environmental Management 241(Jul):407-417. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.03.138. (link )

Janssen, M. A., J. M. Anderies, A. Baeza-Castro, H. L. Breetz, T. Jasinski, H. C. Shin and S. Vallury. 2019. Highways as coupled infrastructure systems: An integrated approach to address sustainability challenges. Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure DOI: 10.1080/23789689.2019.1708181. (link )

Schill, C., J. M. Anderies, T. Lindahl, C. Folke, S. Polasky, J. Camilo Cardenas, A. Crepin, M. A. Janssen, J. Norberg and M. Schluter. 2019. A more dynamic understanding of human behaviour for the Anthropocene. Nature Sustainability DOI: 10.1038/s41893-019-0419-7. (link )


Janssen, M. A., A. Jenik, K. L. Davis, S. A. Flores, W. Gibbs, M. Koehn, V. Lyons, C. Mallory, S. Rood, S. Guelpa and L. Pfister. 2018. Drylab 2023: Living a possible future with resource scarcity. Ecology and Society 23(4):. DOI: 10.5751/ES-10299-230408. (link )

Meinzen-Dick, R., M. A. Janssen, S. Kandikuppa, R. Chaturvedi, K. Rao and S. Theis. 2018. Playing games to save water: Collective action games for groundwater management in Andhra Pradesh, India. World Development 107(Jul):40-53. DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2018.02.006. (link )

Shelton, R., A. Baeza-Castro, M. A. Janssen and H. Eakin. 2018. Managing household socio-hydrological risk in Mexico city: A game to communicate and validate computational modeling with stakeholders. Journal of Environmental Management 227(Dec):200-208. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.08.094. (link )


Eakin, H., L. A. Bojórquez-Tapia, M. A. Janssen, M. Georgescu, D. Manuel-Navarrete, E. R. Vivoni, A. E. Escalante, A. Baeza-Castro, M. Mazari-Hiriart and A. M. Lerner. 2017. Opinion: Urban resilience efforts must consider social and political forces. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 114(2):186-189. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1620081114. (link )


Baggio, J. A., A. J. Barnett, I. Perez-Ibarra, U. Brady, E. Ratajczyk, N. Rollins, C. Rubinos, H. C. Shin, D. J. Yu, R. Aggarwal, J. M. Anderies and M. A. Janssen. 2016. Explaining success and failure in the commons: the configural nature of Ostrom's institutional design principles. International Journal of the Commons 10(2):417-419. DOI: 10.18352/ijc.634. (link )

Barnett, A. J., J. A. Baggio, H. C. Shin, D. J. Yu, I. Perez-Ibarra, C. Rubinos, U. Brady, E. Ratajczyk, N. Rollins, R. Aggarwal, J. M. Anderies and M. A. Janssen. 2016. An iterative approach to case study analysis: insights from qualitative analysis of quantitative inconsistencies. International Journal of the Commons 10(2):467-494. DOI: 10.18352/ijc.632. (link )

Ratajczyk, E., U. Brady, J. A. Baggio, A. Barnett, I. Perez-Ibarra, N. Rollins, C. Rubinos, H. C. Shin, D. J. Yu, R. Aggarwal, J. M. Anderies and M. A. Janssen. 2016. Challenges and opportunities in coding the commons: problems, procedures, and potential solutions in large-N comparative case studies. International Journal of the Commons 10(2):440-466. DOI: 10.18352/ijc.652. (link )


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 )

Rollins, N. D., M. Barton, S. M. Bergin, M. A. Janssen and A. Lee. 2014. A Computational Model Library for publishing model documentation and code. Environmental Modelling & Software 61(Nov):59-64. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2014.06.022. (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 242(Sep):81-91. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2012.04.028. (link )


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 )


Peterson, G., G. A. De Leo, J. J. Hellmann, M. A. Janssen, A. Kinzig, J. R. Malcolm, K. O'Brien, S. E. Pope, D. S. Rothman, E. Shevliakova and R. R. Tinch. 1997. Uncertainty, climate change, and adaptive management. Ecology and Society 1(2):Art. 4. (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. ISBN: 978-0691146034.

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.


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. Cheltenham UK/Northampton USA.



Eakin, H., L. A. Bojorquez-Tapia, A. Baeza-Castro, F. Serrano and M. A. Janssen. 2017. Scenarios of alternative water governance in vulnerability to water risks in Mexico City. Presentation at the II Conference of the Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society: Place-based Transdisciplinary Research for Global Sustainability, November 7-10, 2017, Oaxaca, Mexico. (link )

Shelton, R., H. Eakin, A. Baeza-Castro and M. A. Janssen. 2017. Innovative & Immersive Session: A board game of Mexico City’s socio-hydrological system to communicate and validate an agent-based model with stakeholders. Presentation at the Conference of the Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society, 7-10 November 2017, Oaxaca. Mexico.


Shelton, R., M. A. Janssen and R. L. McCulley. 2015. Investigating nitrogen dynamics and loss in conventionally and organically managed conservation agriculture systems with wheat and hairy vetch cover crops. Presentation at the Ecological Society of America Conference, August 2015, Baltimore, MD.


Anderies, J. M., H. Eakin, M. A. Janssen, C. Redman, A. Barnett, J. Baggio, S. B. 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.

Working Papers


Shelton, R., M. A. Janssen and R. Meinzen-Dick. 2018. Measuring learning from interventions through participatory processes. #CBIE-2018-004.