A Research Agenda for Environmental Management
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A Research Agenda for Environmental Management

Edited by Kathleen E. Halvorsen, Chelsea Schelly, Robert M. Handler, Erin C. Pischke and Jessie L. Knowlton

The understanding of global environmental management problems is best achieved through transdisciplinary research lenses that combine scientific and other sector (industry, government, etc.) tools and perspectives. However, developing effective research teams that cross such boundaries is difficult. This book demonstrates the importance of transdisciplinarity, describes challenges to such teamwork, and provides solutions for overcoming these challenges. It includes case studies of transdisciplinary teamwork, showing how these solutions have helped groups to develop better understandings of environmental problems and potential responses.
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Chapter 14: A role-playing game development for supporting interventions to reduce household greenhouse gas emissions: transdisciplinary pathways and challenges

Datu B. Agusdinata, Muhammad A. Hanif, Heide K. Lukosch and Excel Ortega

Abstract

Households generate significant direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions. Designing effective interventions to reduce such emissions can be informed by role-playing games (RPG). A transdisciplinary team consisting of scientists and social actors from other sectors worked together to develop an RPG in which technological and behavioral interventions to reduce household consumption of food, energy and water resources were studied and simulated in a gaming environment. The chapter describes some challenges and benefits in the transdisciplinary RPG development process. The disciplines involved included behavioral psychology, economics, engineering and computer science. Inputs from each discipline combined with feedback from social actors that included city government, utility companies and community members, facilitated continuous improvements to the RPG’s design.

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