How to Overcome Social Dilemmas: Towards an Interdisciplinary Understanding of Global Cooperation

10 January 2014

Multilateral negotiations are currently not very successful in spurring collective action to tackle the world's most pressing problems. To gain a better understanding of how to overcome social dilemmas at the global level (e.g. stopping climate change), the Centre convened an interdisciplinary workshop in January 2014, building upon the Masterclass Retreat on the complexity and scale of (global) cooperation in summer 2013.

The problem of climate change seems to be a classical social dilemma: despite the global benefits of reducing green-house gas emissions, there are no strong incentives for individual countries or citizens to reduce emissions on their own. At the workshop, the discussion centred on why such social dilemmas occur, how they can be scientifically modelled and explained and what could help in overcoming them. Insights from game theoretical research were brought together with experimental research exploring social dilemmas, and behavioural biological research on the possibilities of human cooperation, leading to an inspiring interdisciplinary exchange among the presenters, the Centre’s staff and fellows, as well as external guests.

Venue: Conference Room, KHK/GCR21, Schifferstraße 44, 47059 Duisburg