Why Collaborate?

Why Would You Collaborate With Us?

This project incorporates a unique multi-disciplinary partnership between academic, non-profit and private organizations to explore the use of advanced information and communication technologies (ICT), particularly serious games, for enhancing social learning and collaboration in complex and transboundary water governance settings:

  • This research partnership will benefit a range of sectors, including researchers in water governance, social learning and serious games; the private sector modelers and developers of serious games; practitioners and decision makers in water resources planning, management and policy; and the wider public, including boaters, birdwatchers, anglers and others with interest in water and the environment. The project will contribute to academic knowledge on how social learning and collaboration can be enhanced using serious games, and the added value of serious games compared to other more traditional methods. Theories related to serious games and social learning/collaboration will be tested in a specific context.
  • This collaboration catalyzes different strengths of the participating organizations and brings together significant multidisciplinary expertise. With our proposed partnership, we aim to develop interactions and synergies between existing, ongoing and future research and practice on water management and digital games. Our team of practitioners and researchers will co-create research findings, which will facilitate knowledge exchange and embed non-academic partner perspectives. These findings will be disseminated to the academic community, serious game developers, decision-makers and water managers both in and outside the study areas.
  • The knowledge generated by this research partnership will support practitioners in enhancing social learning and collaboration to support the transition to more collaborative decision making for water governance. Practitioners, stakeholders and the public will also directly benefit from the process of conducting the research, as the games will be tested in real-world water governance contexts. Decision makers and stakeholders in the pilot areas will benefit from a greater understanding of the water governance issues in each area and from an innovative means of addressing such issues. The project will therefore contribute to public policy both in the pilot areas and at provincial/national levels.
  • Testing games in contexts with long-standing water governance issues will benefit the private developers of such games by providing an opportunity for evaluation and refinement of existing game simulations.
  • This collaborative and multi-disciplinary research project focuses on real-world water governance issues and provides a unique opportunity for student training. Student researchers in the project will benefit from being directly involved in a research topic that is unique (water and serious games) with supervision from experts in a variety of fields, while enjoying a rare opportunity to experience how research can contribute to and inform practice in the field of water governance.

Rules of the Game

Virtual Meet-up

Everyone submits a personal picture and completes a publicly viewable profile before they are able to view any website content and participate in discussions. The website showcases partners and collaborators and their locations around the world to create conditions for engaging collaboration.


Fruitful collaboration comes from asking questions and sharing ideas and knowledge. Partners and collaborators are asked to contribute to the content of the project website through Blogs, Tweets, Facebook posts, links to resources, etc. The project PI, project partners and project coordinator’s tasks are to look at these proposed sub projects and teams, and provide support for planning, implementation, monitoring, and coordination.   

Capability and Commitment

We ask each partner and collaborator to make a commitment to the project by asking them to provide 1 or 2 specific project ideas that they are willing to take charge of and commit to. For each of these project ideas, partners and collaborators are asked to develop a short project plan including activities outline, skills and expertise needed, and suggestions for potential collaborators, either from within the existing team or outside. Each of these projects will eventually have its’ own research team, objectives and milestones that are worked towards. Each team reports regularly reports progress to the website.


Each of the teams are asked to share results, findings and impacts of their specific projects. We aim to provide flexibility as a platform which is desirable; but shared experiences are important because these trigger peer conversations and collaboration. Team members will be asked to regularly interact with other members of their team as well as those of other teams and in that way provide a rich environment for sharing ideas and knowledge. To increase the impact of our partnership and project, members are also asked to share the website and platform with other potentially interested people and organizations.


Members have access to diverse knowledge, skills and expertise through a network of international partners and collaborators. The coordinating project team is very open and willing to actively pursue funding and resources for any new project ideas that contribute to the overall research goals. This collaboration provides those organizations and people that have developed serious game to test and refine their simulations. The website will provide the opportunity to increased exposure of members research to the wider public, and publicize course material or online game links.

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