Game-Based Approaches to Sustainable Innovation

  • Katherine WhalenEmail author
  • Gerben Kijne
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Sustainable Business In Association with Future Earth book series (PSSBAFE)


In this chapter, Whalen and Kijne critically engage with two game-based approaches—serious games and gamification—and how they can be used to support sustainable innovation. Game-based approaches have been increasingly used for purposes beyond pure entertainment, and a variety of examples from within the field of sustainability are presented. The authors discuss both the benefits and limitations of game-based approaches. Games are well suited to sustainable innovation as they can increase user motivation and illustrate complexity in relatively simple ways. However, factors such as assessment can pose a challenge and make their actual impact difficult to quantify.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Institute for Industrial Environmental EconomicsLund UniversityLundSweden
  2. 2.Clicks and LinksManchesterUK

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