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How Game Theory Can Benefit Natural Resources

UC Riverside to Host International Meeting on How Game Theory Can Benefit Natural Resources

Covering a variety of global issues, 2-day conference on Game Theory Practice is being held for the first time in the United States

(June 29, 2011)

The Game Theory Practice meeting is taking place for the first time in the United States.  Image credit: WSPC, UC Riverside.Enlarge

The Game Theory Practice meeting is taking place for the first time in the United States. Image credit: WSPC, UC Riverside.

Editor’s note: Members of the news media can attend all or part of the conference at no charge; they must, however, call (951) 827-5116, or email either or, to register.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The University of California, Riverside’s Water Science and Policy Center (WSPC) and the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management (AGSM) are co-sponsoring a meeting next month in Riverside, Calif., that will address issues related to terrorism, pollution, international environmental agreements, trade, climate change, and fisheries.

Dedicated to global and international issues, the Eighth Game Theory Practice meeting will take place July 11-12 in the Spanish Art Gallery, the Mission Inn, 3649 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, Calif. This is the first time the meeting is being held in the United States.

During the two-day conference, experts from 12 countries – Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States – will cover a variety of transboundary and global issues, including natural resources (water and forestry), peace talks, weapon control, and technology transfer.

The conference, which has a registration fee, is open to the public. The agenda for the conference can be found here. Registration details can be found here.

“With globalization, we see more frequent and increased competition over natural resources such as land, fisheries, forests, water, and environmental pollution,” said Ariel Dinar, the director of the WSPC and the lead organizer of the conference. “In addition, global agreements on trade, migration, climate change, and technology transfer are becoming part of the discussion and negotiation of the international community in different forums. The purpose of the meeting is to demonstrate the usefulness of game theory in these fields.”

Game theory models strategic situations – or games – in which an individual’s success in making choices depends on the choices of others. It involves disciplines such as mathematics, economics and behavioral sciences, and helps explain human behavior. It also involves considerations of the strategic behavior of decision makers under various situations – when actions by one decision maker can affect the welfare of others.

“We expect this conference will open the door for more recognition of the work done at WSPC and AGSM, and for future collaborations with our conference attendees,” Dinar said.

Keynote speeches will be given by Guillermo Owen of the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif., and Ngo van Long of McGill University, Canada. Owen is an expert on game theory; Long’s research covers a wide range of issues in microeconomic theory.

The conference is being funded by WSPC and AGSM, along with registration fees.

More information about the conference can be obtained by calling (951) 827-5116.

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