The goal of this project was to develop an Agent-Based Model (ABM) environment where different dimensions of social exclusion could be investigated simultaneously.
The use of an Agent-Based Model allowed the research team to model long-term multi-dimensional trends that evolve in complex ways responding to environmental changes, policy actions and the behaviour of other households. It also allowed for joint consideration of the impact of exclusion on economic, social and health outcomes at individual/household levels.
The final output of this project was a virtual environment through which different urban processes related to social exclusion can be modelled. We hope that the model developed will become a platform where policies and programs can be tested.