Exploring the Role of Relational Practices in Water Governance Using a Game-Based Approach

Piotr Magnuszewski , Karolina Królikowska , Anna Koch , Michał Pająk , Craig Allen , Victoria Chraibi , Anil Giri , Danielle Haak , Noelle Hart , Michelle Hellman , Donald Pan , Nathan Rossman , Jan Sendzimir , Maggi Sliwinski , Joanna Stefańska , Tharsi Taillieu , Denise Marie Weide , Ilonka Zlatar


The growing complexity and interdependence of water management processes requires the involvement of multiple stakeholders in water governance. Multi-party collaboration is increasingly vital at both the strategy development and implementation levels. Multi-party collaboration involves a process of joint decision-making among key stakeholders in a problem domain directed towards the future of that domain. However, the common goal is not present from the beginning; rather, the common goal emerges during the process of collaboration. Unfortunately, when the conflicting interests of different actors are at stake, the large majority of environmental multi-party efforts often do not reliably deliver sustainable improvements to policy and/or practice. One of the reasons for this, which has been long established by many case studies, is that social learning with a focus on relational practices is missing. The purpose of this paper is to present the design and initial results of a pilot study that utilized a game-based approach to explore the effects of relational practices on the effectiveness of water governance. This paper verifies the methods used by addressing the following question: are game mechanisms, protocols for facilitation and observation, the recording of decisions and results, and participant surveys adequate to reliably test hypotheses about behavioral decisions related to water governance? We used the “Lords of the Valley” (LOV) game, which focuses on the local-level management of a hypothetical river valley involving many stakeholders. We used an observation protocol to collect data on the quality of relational practices and compared this data with the quantitative outcomes achieved by participants in the game. In this pilot study, we ran the game three times with different groups of participants, and here we provide the outcomes within the context of verifying and improving the methods.
Author Piotr Magnuszewski
Piotr Magnuszewski,,
, Karolina Królikowska
Karolina Królikowska,,
, Anna Koch
Anna Koch,,
, Michał Pająk (ES / IE / DME) - [inna]
Michał Pająk,,
- Department of Mathematical Economics
- inna
, Craig Allen
Craig Allen,,
, Victoria Chraibi
Victoria Chraibi,,
, Anil Giri
Anil Giri,,
, Danielle Haak
Danielle Haak,,
, Noelle Hart
Noelle Hart,,
, Michelle Hellman
Michelle Hellman,,
et al.`
Journal seriesWater, [Water (Switzerland)], ISSN 2073-4441, (A 30 pkt)
Issue year2018
Publication size in sheets1.3
Keywords in Englishserious games, social simulation, social learning, relational practices, river basin management, water governance, multi-party collaboration, stakeholders, experimental social research
ASJC Classification1104 Aquatic Science; 1303 Biochemistry; 3305 Geography, Planning and Development; 2312 Water Science and Technology
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)30
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2017 = 1.007; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 2.524 (2) - 2018=2.721 (5)
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