April 27, 2021
It is with great sadness that we share the news that Dave Messick passed away yesterday.
He is survived by his wife Judy and two sons. Dave’s passing is an immense loss to our field, and especially to the social dilemmas community to which he was a founding father. We remember him as an outstanding scientist, as a splendid mentor, and above all, as a wonderful friend, and we will miss him dearly.
We will celebrate Dave’s life and career in our 2022 ICSD meeting.
March 4, 2021
International Conference on Social Dilemmas postponed to 2022
We would have loved to welcome you in Copenhagen this summer, but unfortunately, there will be no ICSD in 2021. In conjunction with the ICSD steering committee we have decided to reschedule the conference for 2022.
We initially hoped that it would be possible to hold an in-person or hybrid conference this summer. At the moment, however, it seems very unlikely that we could have a conference without severe limitations. Vaccination in many European countries runs slowly, and it is not clear whether all participants would be able to get vaccinated before the conference. Relatedly, it is unlikely that all restrictions on travel and events will be lifted until July. Even if people can get vaccinated and restrictions will be lifted, all of this would likely be decided only very shortly before the conference, leaving many participants in uncertainty until early summer.
Cancelling this year’s conference was a difficult decision for us. For those of you who submitted an abstract or already made plans to attend, we apologise for the inconvenience this causes you.
The exact date for next year’s conference will be determined after the summer. We will be in touch when the date has been set.
We are looking forward to welcoming you in Copenhagen in 2022.
Robert Böhm, Simon Columbus, & Ingo Zettler
Organising Committee 19th International Conference on Social Dilemmas
Call for submissions for the 19th International Conference on Social Dilemmas (2021)
We invite submissions for the International Conference on Social Dilemmas (ICSD), which will be held on July 20-23, 2021, in Copenhagen/Denmark.
Confirmed keynote speakers: Cornelia Betsch, Astrid Dannenberg and Andreas Diekmann
Conference website with further information: https://www.icsd2021.org/
Submissions: Abstract submissions will be accepted via the conference website until February 1, 2021. Submissions will be evaluated in a double-blind procedure by independent referees.
We are planning to have a classic ‘offline’ conference. Depending on the COVID-19 situation and potential restrictions around travel, we will also offer online participation in a hybrid format. Hence, we invite everyone who is interested in participating to submit an abstract (a final decision about the format will be made in spring 2021, before the registration period).
We are excited to host ICSD 2021 in Copenhagen and hope to welcome many of you!
The ICSD 2021 local organizing team:
Call for Papers for special issue in Games: Advances in Research on Social Dilemmas
Guest editors: Vincent Buskens, Rense Corten, Wojtek Przepiorka and Werner Raub (Utrecht University)
Abstract: Research on social dilemmas is a topic of the social sciences, including economics, sociology, political science, and social psychology, to name only a few. This Special Issue is explicitly open to contributions from different social science disciplines as well as interdisciplinary work. Submissions based on formal game-theoretic modeling as well as informal but sufficiently rigorous “game-theory-inspired reasoning”, including, for example agent-based modeling, are welcome. We are specifically inviting submissions that address social dilemma problems in new research domains and fields such as incentive problems in science as a social system and studies on exchange involving illegal transactions on online platforms in the dark net. With respect to methods, submissions employing experimental designs (lab, online, and/or field) are welcome, as are studies with quasi-experimental designs using observational data from traditional (survey) and new sources (online), and meta-analyses. Papers using neuroscience methods are likewise welcome. We will also be happy to consider papers of a more methodological nature. This could be papers that combine complementary methodologies and designs to address the same research questions or test similar hypotheses. Papers that focus on linking micro and macro levels of analysis are also welcome.
Keywords: social dilemmas; game-theoretic models; agent-based models; applications in new research; domains and fields; experimental designs; observational designs; neuroscience methods; complementary methodologies and designs.
Review article applying knowledge about social dilemmas to climate change (open access)
Huckelba, A. L., & van Lange, P. A. M. (2020). The silent killer: Consequences of climate change and how to survive past the year 2050. Sustainability, 12(9). https://doi.org/10.3390/su12093757
Article paying tribute to Anatol Rapoport (open access)
Kopelman, S. (2020). Tit for Tat and beyond: The legendary work of Anatol Rapoport. Negotiation and Conflict Management Research (NCMR), 13(1), 60-84. https://doi.org/10.1111/ncmr.12172
18th International Conference on Social Dilemmas (2019)
The 18th International Conference on Social Dilemmas was held in Sedona (USA) in June 2019. The primary organizers were Tamar Kugler, Poonam Arora and Ann Rumble.
For more information about the program of this conference, see here.
For slides of presentations given at this conference, see here.
May 16, 2018
New book on Social Dilemmas, Institutions, and the Evolution of Cooperation
For more info on this book, see this website.
New book in Oxford Series in Human Cooperation
Trust in Social Dilemmas, by Paul A.M. Van Lange, Bettina Rockenbach, and Toshio Yamagishi (Eds)
One of the key scientific challenges is the puzzle of human cooperation. Why do people cooperate with one another? What causes individuals to lend a helping hand to a stranger, even if it comes at a major cost to their own well-being? Why do people severely punish those who violate social norms and undermine the collective interest? Edited by Paul A.M. Van Lange, Bettina Rockenbach, and Toshio Yamagishi, Trust in Social Dilemmas carefully considers the role of trust in establishing, promoting, and maintaining overall human cooperation.
By exploring the impact of trust and effective cooperation on relationships, organizations, and communities, Trust in Social Dilemmas draws inspiration from the fact that social dilemmas, defined in terms of conflicts between self-interest and the collective interest, are omnipresent in today’s society. In capturing the breadth and relevance of trust to social dilemmas and human cooperation more generally, this book is structured in three effective parts for readers: the biology and development of trust; the importance of trust for groups and organizations; and how trust factors across the overall health of today’s society.
For a discount on the Oxford University Press Series in Human Cooperation, see:
17th International Conference on Social Dilemmas (2017)
The 17th International Conference on Social Dilemmas was held on Sicily (Italy) in June 2017. The primary organizers were Daniel Balliet, Nancy Buchan and the Amsterdam Cooperation Lab.
For more information about the program of this conference, see here.