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Call for Papers
Thematic Session "Models, role games and negotiations"
The 7th Biennial Conference of the
International Society for Ecological Economics
taking place at
Sousse (Tunisia) 6–9 March 2002
ISEE Tunisia 2002
¨ Environment and Development ¨
Negotiation processes such as those dealing with natural resources or
environment management raise methodological questions due to the complexity
of the systems under study. Different kinds of models and role playing
games have proved to be relevant to understand and to explore possible
evolutions of such complex systems in several experiments.
Role playing games are indeed particularly adapted to complex situations
and to prospective studies: they are themselves complex systems involving
random and somehow unpredictable dynamics. They do not evacuate
contradictions and may tackle several conflicting points of view. Different
kinds of modelling techniques, such as Agent-based modelling, propose
solutions in order to:
· tackle complex situations;
· represent potentially various points of view on a system;
· pave the way for social learning;
· enable runtime modifications of the scenarios for adaptive learning.
However each of these tools have shown some limits when used alone. Role
playing games practitioners feel that the conception of a game is long and
difficult while the analysis of results and comparison of scenarios is
rather difficult. In the meanwhile, actors not involved in the conception
of any computerised model may assimilate it to a black box. Such
misunderstanding might lead to a lack of ownership of the tool for them,
and thus to a misuse or a refuse of it in the negotiation process.
This thematic session aims at gathering and discussing experiments which
have sought to overcome these limits through innovative ways. We propose to
focus more specifically on:
· improvements of methodologies of design and use of such tools;
· tentative of joint use of both in an overall methodology.
It should first offer a platform for the exchange of experience and ideas
and second lead to considerations on negotiation support methodologies when
dealing with complex adaptive systems according to various precise
objectives of use.
In this context, submissions are welcome addressing topics including, but
not limited to:
· case studies using models and/or role playing games in negotiation process
· records of role games and computer model use in negotiation
· ergonomics of tools for negotiation support
· practice of role playing games in negotiation processes
· synergy between role playing games and models
· learning on social systems through these tools
· manipulation of tools by stakeholders
Olivier Barreteau <[log in to unmask]>
Patrick d'Aquino <[log in to unmask]>
Christophe Le Page <[log in to unmask]>
For details on how to prepare the draft final paper, see the submission
guidelines for the main ISEE published on the ISEE 2002 homepage
Abstracts of less than 500 words are to be submitted electronically prior
to November 25th to the following adress: [log in to unmask]
They must carry the title, author(s) name(s), and affiliation (incl. e-mail
address, if possible) in this order.
Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified prior to 31 december.
O. Barreteau, P. d'Aquino & C. Lepage