Keeping up shared infrastructure on a port of mars: An experimental study

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In this study, we discuss Port of Mars, a new experimental design to study collective action problems in extreme environments under conditions of high uncertainty. The game is situated in the first-generation habitat on Mars, providing an engaging narrative for players to navigate collective action problems. This pilot study finds that most groups are able to avoid the collapse of the habitat, and that the existence of thresholds seems to make groups cooperative. The game demonstrates the initial outcomes of a transdisciplinary project that could provide new ways to study commons governance under high uncertainty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)404-417
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of the Commons
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2020


  • Art-science
  • Behavioral experiments
  • Tipping points
  • Uncertainty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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