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1829 Talk: Using games to understand human-lion conflict


Date & Time

Date: Friday, 13 March 2020

Time: 6:25 pm - 6:45 pm

With Becca Sergent, Newcastle University

Human-wildlife conflict represents a key threat to wildlife across the globe, particularly for large carnivore species such as lions. In order to develop effective ways of managing these conflicts, it is important to understand the acceptability of different mitigation methods for local stakeholders. Experimental games can be a potentially powerful tool for offering insights into the behaviour and decision-making of those affected by conflict. While games are necessarily simplified, they may act as a lens into real-world choices and create a friendly environment to discuss sensitive issues.

Recently Becca Sergent completed her PhD fieldwork in Ruaha, Tanzania where she trialled this method using a game to explore how people would like to protect their livestock from lions. This talk will highlight the challenges faced when implementing and interpreting games with local communities, as well as possible insights into attitudes and the use of incentives to reduce conflict.


1829 Talks are held at Newcastle University, in Ridley Building room RIDB2.1.65.

Please see Natural History Talks for details and location information.