18th International Conference on Social Dilemmas

18th International Conference on Social Dilemmas

June 3-7, 2019 | Sedona, Arizona
Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock

The International Conference on Social Dilemmas (ICSD) encompasses topics broadly related to social dilemmas, in particular research that addresses conflicts between narrow self-interest and collective well-being.

It spans a diverse range of scientific disciplines (including but not limited to anthropology, biology, economics, environmental science, management, marketing, neuroscience, political science, psychology and sociology). Social dilemmas often transcend the traditional disciplinary boundaries and are better understood when different academic fields and intellectual perspectives are considered.

The topics of the contributions are expected to reflect the breadth of social dilemma research including closely related topics such as a social preferences, emotions, social norms, signaling, reputation and beliefs, trust, cooperation and competition. We welcome theoretical work, as well as empirical and experimental work from both the field and the laboratory!

Visit the ICSD 2019 Group Facebook page for questions, room sharing inquiries and the most up-to-date information about our conference!


Cost, Dates and Deadlines

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • January 14, 2019: Paper Submission Deadline

  • January 2, 2019: Registration Opens

  • Mid-March 2019: Paper Submission Decisions

  • April 15, 2019: Late Registration Begins

Conference Cost

Registration: $700 ($600 prior to April 1)
Student Registration: $500 ($400 prior to April 1)

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Monday Evening Cocktail Reception
Monday, June 3 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.

To kick-off the 2019 International Conference on Social Dilemmas, we will be hosting a cocktail reception at Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock! Plan to stop by the conference registration table from 2-5 p.m. outside the Ballroom to collect your conference materials, and then enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres with us outside!

Co-Sponsored by Manhattan College

Social Afternoon
Thursday, June 6 | 1-5 p.m.

We will spend an afternoon of games, hiking, and swimming at the beautiful Crescent Moon Park! Guests and families are welcome to attend for an additional fee (Adult $20, Child $15, Child Under 3 Free).

Friday Evening Closing Party by the Pool
Friday, June 7 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.

To celebrate the close of our conference, we will be hosting a party by the eforea spa pool at the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock. This will be a fun evening full of fun, food, and swimming. This event is covered for conference participants in their conference registration fees. Guests and families are welcome to attend for an additional fee (Adult $75, Child $50, Child Under 3 Free). Additional guests can be added and paid as part of your conference registration.

Add-On Tours

The ICSD Committee has worked with Pink Jeep Tours to create custom events for our group!

  • Monday, June 3, 2019: Broken Arrow Tour ($154.39 per person) – This exhilarating off-road adventure is perfect for every age! This excursion features four-wheeling action atop the iconic red rocks!
  • Saturday, June 8, 2019: Grand Canyon Tour ($177.26 per person) – Enjoy a day-long excursion to one of the Seven Wonders of the World! This excursion will spend the day exploring the Grand Canyon, visiting national landmarks and much more! Lunch is included.

For tour registration, please contact icsd@eller.arizona.edu.

Keynote Speakers and Special Sessions

Keynote Address: Conditions for Self-governance of the Commons by Marco Janssen

Marco Janssen

Marco Janssen
Professor of Sustainability and Director of the Center for Behavior, Institutions and the Environment, Arizona State University

Marco Janssen is a professor in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University, USA. He is also the director of the Center for Behavior, Institutions and the Environment at the same university, and the president of the International Association for the Study of the Commons. His main research interests are in the study of conditions for effective self-governance of shared resources using field case study analysis, field and lab experiments and mathematical modeling. His recent research projects include water management in Mexico City; small-scale irrigation communities in India, Thailand, Nepal, China and Colombia; lake governance in Wisconsin; and collaboration with artists to study collective action in extreme resource-scarce conditions.

Conditions for Self-Governance of the Commons
Commons dilemmas have been a source of controversy for decades. The essay of Garrett Hardin on the Tragedy of the Commons implicated the need for external interventions by privatization or governmental regulations to avoid overexploitation. However, Elinor Ostrom and her colleagues have provided a broader theoretical framework that can explain the many observations of successful self-governance of shared resources. Experimental research demonstrated the importance of cheap talk and altruistic punishment as mechanisms of self-governance. In this talk, insights from recent lab and field experiments are discussed to derive a better understanding of the conditions for successful governance, especially the role of procedural justice, as well as use of games as intervention tools to stimulate self-governance.

Keynote Address by Anna Dornhaus

Anna Dornhaus

Anna Dornhaus
Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Director of the Social Insect Laboratory, The University of Arizona

Organization in groups—how collective behaviors emerge from the actions and interactions of individuals—is the main interest of Anna Dornhaus. As model systems, she studies social insect colonies (bumble bees, honey bees and ants) in the laboratory and in the field, as well as using mathematical and individual-based modeling approaches. She investigates mechanisms of coordination in foraging, collective decision-making, task allocation and division of labor. Her recent work has included the role of communication in the allocation of foragers to food sources; the evolution of different recruitment systems in different species of bees, and how ecology shapes these recruitment systems; house-hunting strategies in ants; speed-accuracy tradeoffs in decision-making; and whether different group sizes necessitate different organizational strategies.

Toshio Yamagishi

Special Memorial Session: Celebrating the Life and Work of Toshio Yamagishi

Organizers: Paul A.M. van Lange and Nobuyuki Takahashi

Details TBD.

Travel and Accommodations

June 3-7, 2019 | Sedona, Arizona
Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock

Conference activities will begin at 5 p.m. on Monday, June 3, 2019, with conference registration and a cocktail reception.

Air Transportation

Airport Shuttle Services

Car Rental

The University of Arizona International Conference for Social Dilemmas is pleased to announce that Enterprise Rent-A-Car and its sister company National Car Rental will offer discounted rental cars to all conference attendees. This program will extend a discount to all conference attendees and their family members with no membership cost or fees. To utilize this program for your personal car rental needs use corporate discount code XZ50S71.

  • For 5 percent off at Enterprise Rent-A-Car call 1-800-Rent-A-Car (1-800-736-8227) and refer to discount code XZ50S71. Or visit www.enterprise.com and enter corporate number XZ50S71.
  • For 10 percent off at National Car Rental call 1-877-222-9058 and refer to discount code XZ50S71. Or visit www.nationalcar.com, click Account Number and enter contract id# XZ50S71.


The 2019 International Conference on Social Dilemmas will be held at the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock.

Room Rates:

  • 1 King 1 Bedroom Suite with Parlor (2 people) – $229.00/night (taxes and resort fees not included)
  • 2 Queen Bed Deluxe Room (2 people)- $229.00/night (taxes and resort fees not included)

Make Your Reservation:

The ICSD 2019 Facebook group page can be used to reach out to other attendees for room sharing inquiries.

If you have any questions, please email icsd@eller.arizona.edu.

About Sedona

Sedona the Beautiful

Multi-hued stone formations jut upwards from the high desert floor creating a vivid, mesmerizing setting that changes hourly with the light. When USA Weekend compiled its Most Beautiful Places in America list, Sedona claimed the top spot. Surrounded by 1.8 million acres of national forest land, visitors have instant access to recreational activities. Trails for hiking and biking, along with bouncy Jeep tracks, weave among the bristling forest of pinnacles, spires, buttes and domes. Yet, you’re never far from the indulgences of town. Sedona is equal parts rugged, equal parts resort. Regarded by Native Americans as sacred, Sedona continues to be recognized as a place of healing and spiritual renewal. Many come to experience the vortex energy centers of Sedona. Others want to prowl the 40-plus art galleries lining the streets, or to receive soothing treatments from the dozens of spa facilities. Most recently, with its nearby vineyards and tasting rooms, Sedona has emerged as a destination for wine enthusiasts.

- VisitSedona.com

Sedona, Arizona

Photo courtesy Pixabay.

Where to Eat

Conference Committee

Tamar Kugler
Conference Chair

The University of Arizona

Poonam Arora
Conference Co-Chair

Manhattan College 

Ann Rumble
Conference Co-Chair

Northern Arizona University

For specific questions, please email icsd@eller.arizona.edu.


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