Using non-cooperative games to simulate ethical tensions in climate policy negotiations

Susan G. Spierre, Thomas P. Seager, Evan Selinger, Jathan Sadowski

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Abstract

Successfully implementing a system of global compliance to mitigate climate change requires collective, social decision making that is unprecedented among people with radically different values and radically different needs. Our novel pedagogy in sustainability ethics teaches future professionals about complex moral problems in a way that leverages their interests in experiment and experience through the use of non-cooperative game theory. This approach emphasizes active, participatory, and experiential learning that is intended to more deeply immerse students in questions of fairness, justice, and equity in the context of sustainability. Through testing the games and preparing complimentary educational material, we have found that the developed non-cooperative games are particularly effective at replicating the ethical tensions surrounding the issue of climate change. This method of teaching ethics may prime students to participate in more effective group deliberation in real-world policy negotiations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2011 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST 2011
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
ISBN (Print)9781612843926
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event2011 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST 2011 - Chicago, IL, United States of America
Duration: 16 May 201118 May 2011

Conference

Conference2011 IEEE International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, ISSST 2011
CountryUnited States of America
CityChicago, IL
Period16/05/1118/05/11

Keywords

  • Climate Change
  • Collective Action
  • International Climate Policy
  • Non-cooperative Game Theory
  • Sustainability Ethics

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