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Using Mathematics to Resolve Human Conflicts

By Modern Diplomacy

September 6, 2022

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Game theory mathematics is being adapted through big data to resolve highly contentious issues between people and the environment.

The EU-backed ConFooBio project, led by Professor Nils Bunnefeld at the University of Stirling, applied game theory to scenarios where people were in conflict over resources and the environment. ConFooBio conducted more than 300 game workshops with over 900 people in numerous locations including Gabon, Kenya, Madagascar, Tanzania, and Scotland.

"Through the games, we got high engagement from communities, even from those where conflict is high and people can be reluctant to engage in research," Bunnefeld says.

The team developed a modelling framework to predict wildlife management outcomes amid conflict. It is freely available online.

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