Games as Tools to Address Conservation Conflicts

Steve M. Redpath*, Aidan Keane, Henrik Andrén, Zachary Baynham-Herd, Nils Bunnefeld, A. Bradley Duthie, Jens Frank, Claude A. Garcia, Johan Månsson, Lovisa Nilsson, Chris R.J. Pollard, O. Sarobidy Rakotonarivo, Carl F. Salk, Henry Travers

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Abstract

Conservation conflicts represent complex multilayered problems that are challenging to study. We explore the utility of theoretical, experimental, and constructivist approaches to games to help to understand and manage these challenges. We show how these approaches can help to develop theory, understand patterns in conflict, and highlight potentially effective management solutions. The choice of approach should be guided by the research question and by whether the focus is on testing hypotheses, predicting behaviour, or engaging stakeholders. Games provide an exciting opportunity to help to unravel the complexity in conflicts, while researchers need an awareness of the limitations and ethical constraints involved. Given the opportunities, this field will benefit from greater investment and development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)415-426
Number of pages11
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Volume33
Issue number6
Early online date17 May 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018

Keywords

  • conflicts
  • conservation
  • constructivist games
  • experimental games
  • game theory
  • role-playing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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    Redpath, S. M., Keane, A., Andrén, H., Baynham-Herd, Z., Bunnefeld, N., Duthie, A. B., Frank, J., Garcia, C. A., Månsson, J., Nilsson, L., Pollard, C. R. J., Rakotonarivo, O. S., Salk, C. F., & Travers, H. (2018). Games as Tools to Address Conservation Conflicts. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 33(6), 415-426. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2018.03.005