A Multi-Agent Platform to Explore Strategies for Age-Friendly Community Projects in Urban China

Liqun Xiang, Geoffrey Q.P. Shen, Dandan Li, Yongtao Tan, Xin Jin

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Background and Objectives: Although numerous efforts have been made to promote age-friendly communities (AFCs) in urban China, challenges such as the engagement and management of stakeholders, budget constraints, and policy issues remain. This article describes the work of designing a multi-agent platform (MAP) for the briefing stage of AFC projects. Research Design and Methods: The process to design the MAP is first described, and the components and variables are identified. Then, a case study of a stakeholder consensus formation process is conducted using an agent-based simulation. Next, according to the simulation results, strategies to handle the conflicts arising among the stakeholders of AFC projects are proposed. Results: According to the agent-based simulation conducted, both the initial approval rate and the outside connection rate will affect the stakeholder consensus formation process. Although a higher initial approval rate and a lower outside connection rate may reduce the average convergence time, the results show that 3-5 rounds of information exchange are still needed before a consensus or dissent is formed. Discussion and Implications: Investors are suggested to communicate with residents and alleviate their concerns regarding AFC projects to facilitate the consensus formation process during the briefing stage of AFC projects; they can also organize activities for residents to exchange information and ideas. The simulation conducted, together with the MAP built in this research, will serve as a reference to help researchers and practitioners further understand the briefing stage and explore efficient strategies for the successful implementation of AFC projects in urban China.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)530-542
Number of pages13
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2022


  • Agent-based model
  • Briefing
  • Consensus formation
  • Multiple stakeholders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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