Insight #11: Mark Lubell on the ecology of games and polycentricity

This insight clip is taken from Michael Cox’s interview with Mark Lubell in episode 023 of the podcast. In the clip, Mark talks about the ecology of games theory and its link to the history of research on polycentric governance.

Mark is a Professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of California, Davis, where he is also the Director of the Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior.

Mark’s research focuses on human behavior and the role of governance institutions in solving collective action problems and facilitating cooperation. The collective action problems associated with environmental policy provide a laboratory for his research. Current projects include watershed management, environmental activism, agricultural best management practices, and institutional change in local governments. He also dabbles in experimental economics and simulation techniques to further explore collective action theory.

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