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A brief exploration of the potential of the gentaxelling model to investigate the effects of refugee influx in an urban system.

Towards an Agent-Based Simulation of Housing in Urban Beirut

Abstract

Advances in agent-based modelling have led to theoretically-grounded spatial agent models of urban dynamics, capturing the dynamics of population, property prices, and regeneration. We leverage our extant agent-based model founded on the rent-gap theory, as a lens to study the effect of sizeable refugee migration in an abstracted model of a densely-populated Mediterranean city. Our exploratory work provides the foundation for calibration with real data, and offers a step towards a tool for policy makers asking what-if questions about the urban environment in the context of migration.

Presented at the 1st Workshop on Agent Based Modelling of Urban Systems (ABMUS 2016) | PDF

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