Symposium issue of
Simulation & Gaming:
An Interdisciplinary Journal of Theory, Practice and
resource management (NRM)
Olivier Barreteau, Michel Etienne, Christophe Le Page, Pascal Perez
Environmental science for the sustainable management of land and water
The use of simulations and
games in natural resource management (NRM) is spreading quickly, particularly at
the crossroads of information and communication technologies (ICT) tools
development and the trend towards participatory public policy development in
natural resource issues. Both computer-mediated
simulations and gaming have traditions of use in NRM and policy, particularly in
the areas of decision support and training.
The aim of this symposium is
to examine the ways in which the tools of management simulation and training
games can contribute to NRM and to public policy regarding NRM.
Our experience of using such
tools has become more solid in recent years, and this has lead to greater
interest in the issues and methods of design and evaluation. We would,
therefore, particularly welcome papers dealing with design and evaluation. We
would also like to have a balance among methodological, case study, experimental
and report papers.
The following list of topics
will provide an idea of the ground that we wish to cover:
Case studies, story-based accounts of the use of
Evaluations of experiments and experiences.
Conditions of use of these tools for NRM issues.
Benefits of, and reason for, using
simulation/gaming to NRM.
Example of learning about NRM through
Using role-play for learning about NRM and
developing NRM skills.
Mutual dependency of various uses.
Methods for designing simulation models and games
Although theoretical papers
are welcome as well as practical ones, theoretical discussion should be grounded
on past or on-going experiments or comparison of case studies.
Abstracts should be sent
electronically to Olivier Barreteau: