Agent-based modelling of values: the case of value sensitive design for refugee logistics

Christine Boshuijzen - van Burken (Corresponding author), Ross Gore, F.P.M. Dignum, Lambèr Royakkers, Phillip Wozny, F. LeRon Shults

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We have used value sensitive design as a method to develop an agent-based model of values in humanitarian logistics for refugees. Schwartz's theory of universal values is implemented in the model in such a way that agents can make value trade-offs, which are operationalized into a measure of refugee wellbeing and a measure of public opinion about how the refugee logistics is being handled. By trying out different ‘value-scenarios’, stakeholders who are responsible for, or involved in refugee logistics can have insights into the effects of various value choices. The model is visualized and made usable as a platform (interactive website) for decision-makers to understand the trade-offs in policies for government and non-government organizations.

Keywords: Agent Based Model, Value Sensitive Design, Simulation and Policy, Humanitarian Logistics, Refugees,
Schwartz Values
Original languageEnglish
Article number6
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2020


  • Agent Based Model
  • Humanitarian Logistics
  • Refugees
  • Schwartz Values
  • Simulation and Policy
  • Value Sensitive Design


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