Alice Mazeaud is a researcher and lecturer in political science at the University of La Rochelle. Her research focuses on how public action is transformed in relation to participatory and environmental imperatives. She is particularly interested in the issues and effects of the professionalization of citizen participation on public action and democracy. She is the author of numerous articles and books on participatory democracy, its mechanisms and actors, as well as on ecological transition policies.
In her keynote, Alice Mazeaud will address the issues and limits of the multiplication of participatory mechanisms in environmental public action. She will discuss the place of simulation and games in the field of citizen participation and in ecological transition policies. Can games contribute to democratizing the ecological transition, and in what ways? Or are they part of an individualized and depoliticized environmental governmentality?
Jan H.G. Klabbers is involved in social systems development: organization and management development, and action learning. He has held professor and research positions in the U.S. (MIT, Case Western Reserve University), the Netherlands, and Norway. He has been ISAGA General Secretary from 1976 until 2004 and is honorary member of ISAGA and SAGSAGA. His publications cover game science, social systems theory, design science and analytical science methodology. His book «The magic circle: principles of gaming & simulation» (2009), is an essential reading for gaming and simulation scholars and practitioners. It provides the general framework for game science, which he presents as the design and use of games and simulations to advance research, design, and development of social systems.
In his keynote, Jan Klabbers will explore the transformative potentials of gaming and simulation. How can gaming & simulation enhance transformative processes to support social and environmental transitions? How do gaming & simulation differ from other methods regarding research of and support for transformations?