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A conference session (Valencia, Spain) on behavioral games for sustainable groundwater management


Dear All,

I am writing to invite you to a conference session on behavioral games for sustainable groundwater management in the conference “Sustain Valencia 2022” to be held at Valencia, Spain in October 6-8, 2022. It’s a conference with the overarching theme of achieving sustainable groundwater management (more information about registration, important dates, and venue available at https://sustain2022.webs.upv.es/)

It will be really great if you can submit an abstract for presentation in the session (deadline: June 15) and share your work related to behavioral experiment or role-playing game (for participatory or companion modeling) on groundwater management. The details of the session are in the table below. Information about other sessions can be found at this link https://sustain2022.webs.upv.es/index.php/conference/sessions/

Please let me know if you have questions.

Best,

David J. Yu
Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering & Political Science
Purdue University

Session 7. Gaming and Behavioral Experiments for Sustainable Groundwater Management.

Ali Saysel, Bogazici University, Turkey
David Yu, Purdue University, USA
Elif Bal, Bogazici University, Turkey

This session invites research and practice in gaming and behavioral experiments for sustainable groundwater management. Beyond their learning objectives, games within controlled experimental settings help understanding decision-making in complex environments and facilitate policy-making for sustainable resource use. Compared to other learning methods, gaming is efficient with higher learning outcomes through player interactions, entertainment aspects, information feedback, and post gaming debriefings. Controlled experimental implementation of games is often used the delineate decision heuristics, which can support both learning and policymaking. Games for learning and policy support typically involve player interactions, sometimes within a dynamic environment. They can be contextualized within role-playing narratives and can be designed as on-board or computer simulations. Alternative gaming approaches and practices address different purposes and have comparative advantages related to a realistic representation of the decision-making context, resource dynamics, and feasibility for field applications. This session aims to give the floor to scholars to discuss their work in gaming applied to groundwater management.

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