New Teaching Simulation

Nicola Ulibarri and Kirk Emerson have written a simulation that focusses on the role of science and technical information in multi-party collaboration, entitled Negotiating Science and Policy in Collaborative Hydropower Licensing. It recently won first place in Syracuse University's E-PARCC 2016 competition for the best teaching simulation and can be downloaded at:


This simulation highlights the role of technical and scientific information in environmental negotiations. It uses the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) integrated process for licensing hydropower facilities to introduce students to multiparty negotiation and collaboration in a complex environmental decision-making setting. Participants learn how to seek their interests through advocating for specific studies that can provide credible information on the impacts of dam operations; how to work with other stakeholders to negotiate the best-informed set of management conditions for the new license using uncertain—but best available—science; and how science and politics interact to influence collaboratively-reached decisions.