Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Agenda

Grasping the Complicated, Probing the Complex: Ecological, social and socio-ecological board games and agent-based simulators from the rural south

Date: 27 August 2018 - 29 August 2018
Location: Forum Building, Wageningen University Campus

Workshop on Serious Gaming participatory research aimed at PhD candidates, Postdocs, and other academics interested in exploring the actual and potential use of serious boardgames and agent-based simulators to adress complicated and complex socio-ecological processes in rural territories.

This 2.5-day workshop introduces you to the world of participatory games to address and study wicked problems. This is explicitly not a workshop in which you learn how to design such participatory games for your own research, but to get an idea of the value that these types of games can have in studying complicated and complex problems. The workshop will be very hands-on and you will be introduced to games that have their background in the natural sciences, games that have their background in the social sciences, ánd games that are truly socio-ecological.

This workshop will be taught by Dr Luis García Barrios. Luis is Senior Researcher at El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, campus San Cristóbal de las Casas in Chiapas, Mexico. He is also one of the INREF FOREFRONT researchers. Luis has much experience in these participatory games and has published many articles in this field. He has developed twenty-five original agent-based models and eight socio-ecological board games for education & participatory research with rural social actors, students and academics. Luis has taught over fourty graduate courses, and has delivered more than sixty workshops to Mexican farmers, and to academics from all five continents, on Role Playing Games, Agent Based Simulators & Complex Socio-Ecological Processes.

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